Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

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Chowdhury describes the journeys to Canada of the first contingent of 15 a€œwar babiesa€ that were embraced by their adoptive parents when they reached their new homes in Canada in July 1972 breaking the racial boundaries and re-defining what a family could be. Products of one of the most outrageous crimes, these babies were conceived by Bangladeshi women victims of sexual crimes committed by the Pakistani military personnel in a€œOccupied Bangladesh.a€ Since it was a case of enforced pregnancy through penile penetration against the will of the victims, the a€œundesirablea€ newborns were seen as a€œdisposablea€ or a€œthrow-awaya€ babies by both the birth mothers and the Bangladeshi society. Through sharp analysis, Chowdhury has illustrated with poignant vignettes an important fact of life a€“ that human beings desire and need close relationships. Using archival records International Social Service, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Library and Archives Canada, Department of External Affairs and Manpower and Immigration in Canada and the Department of Labour and Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh, Missionaries of Charity and the Families For Children, Chowdhury examined the well-being of the war babies and their parents through the years with anecdotes of their rearing, nurturing, and becoming adults in Canada, the country they call a€œhome.a€The next important legal requirement was an approval letter based on the home study done on the suitability of the prospective adoptive parents in Canada. The letter, generally sent by a local Childrena#39;s Aid Society (CAS) office, constitutes the first requirement in a legal adoption. ... only review the provincial approval letters but also all other accompanying documentation, such as reference letters, letters anbsp;...

Title:Picking Up the Pieces
Author:Mustafa Chowdhury
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2015-07-07


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