Hard to Believe
Take a look at these statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, which I found on the Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAK) website:
|☞ Background of Adopted Koreans, 1958-2007|
|Year||Abandoned||Split family||Single mother||Total||Male||Mixed||Disability||Total|
Look especially at the 9 years from 1971-1980.
17,260 ABANDONED children!
Now, isn’t that a little hard to swallow?
I’m sure the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s matrix is not wrong – I think we have to consider the source here. I would venture to guess that source is none other than the adoption agencies.
They are the same ones who call babies of coerced expectant mothers “orphans”, even though their mothers are still alive. I’m sure they called a lot of those relinquished children “abandoned” as well.
Let’s do a little math here:
17,260 children divided by 9 year is 1,918 children per year.
The cease fire of the Korean War took place in 1953.
1971 – 1953 is 18 years. Many of the “abandoned” children from 1971 -1980, their mothers were even too young to have been directly affected by the war.
In that same period, 17, 627 single mothers relinquished their babies, as opposed to 1,304 the decade previous? What the heck changed? Along with split families (whatever that is), adoptions shot up to 48,247 from 7, 275 the decade previously.