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Turkey To Dutch Lesbian Foster Parents: Give Us Back Our Child

DIE WELT (Germany), HURRIYET DAILY NEWS (Turkey)

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AMSTERDAM – Turkey has launched a campaign to retrieve Turkish children that have been adopted by gay and Catholic couples in European countries, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

Currently at the center of the debate is nine-year-old Yunus, the child of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands, who is currently in foster care with a Dutch lesbian couple.

According to Die Welt, Dutch social services took Yunus away from his biological parents when he was six-months-old, after he had been physically abused.

When the biological parents found out that their child was living with a lesbian couple, they alerted the Turkish press and contacted Prime Minister Erdogan asking for support. Now Ankara is backing the parents in calling for the return of the boy to them.

Turkey’s parliamentary Human Rights Commission says that at least 5,000 children of Turkish origin are living in foster care, including many in “questionable” (i.e. with Christian and/or gay parents) circumstances. Commission head Ayhan Sefer Ustun said custody of a child was a “sacred right” that should not be decided by administrative services, reported Hurriyet.

Some 400,000 persons of Turkish descent live in the Netherlands. Ankara is demanding that foster children grow up in Muslim families only, but Muslims in the Netherlands rarely undertake adoption proceedings.

On Thursday, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to make a state visit to the Netherlands, and is expected to discuss the issue of Yunus with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher has attacked Erdogan: “The way the Turkish government is interfering in this matter is inappropriate and presumptuous," Die Welt reports Asscher as saying. "This is a boy with a Dutch passport. One of the nice things about our country is that we Dutch can lead our lives the way we want to, independent of the wishes of foreign powers."

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It is doubtful whether Erdogan’s visit will yield a solution to the issue. Some are even calling for the trip to be cancelled. Yunus and his foster moms are presently in hiding.

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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