Category: Ethiopian Adoption Story
Created on Monday, 19 September 2011 14:38
Brad Pitt is out doing interviews regarding his new film Moneyball. In an interview for Parade Magazine he shares with readers an interesting view about his adopted daughter from Ethiopia Zahara.
“You and Angelina have three foreign-born adopted children [Maddox, 10, from Cambodia; Zahara, 6, from Ethiopia; and Pax, 7, from Vietnam]. Why not adopt American kids who need a home?
I can’t place the importance of one child over that of any other. I have seen children suffer far beyond what we experience in America—like our oldest daughter [Zahara]. I know she would not be alive [if she hadn’t been adopted]. I know what care was available to her, and it was nil. I cannot imagine life without her.
I guess I just don’t see America as separate from Vietnam or Ethiopia. We’ve got to start looking at things differently. This mentality of “Our team’s better than yours”—it’s a high school idea. Why do we need that in order to feel better? My kids don’t see those dividing lines, and I don’t want to either.”
This answer captures what many of us feel. We don’t know why there are those in America that feel they must attack international adoption because parents chose not to adopt domestically. Children are children. Each life is important. When you add to that that these children in Ethiopia are facing such daunting obstacles, such as overcoming crippling disease and famine, you have to believe that their lives are just as important as any other child in the world and they deserve to have a family that loves them.
We also know from our own experience that had our daughter not been adopted at the point in time that she was, she would not be alive today. The illness that she faced was at a point that they could not provide the type of care necessary for her to live. Now she is healthy and has an opportunity to live a meaningful life. A life that will provide her an opportunity to make a difference for others. A life she would have never had if not for being adopted. We see no shame in that. We see celebration.
We loved the interview and you can read it by following the link.