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Ethiopia bans Int'l adoptions over abuse

ANI  |  Addis Ababa [Ethiopia] 

has banned the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreign families over concern that they face abuse.

is one of the biggest source countries for international adoptions by the (US) citizens. Since 1999 more than 15,000 adoptions to the have been completed, reported

Many children are also taken to European countries like Spain, and

Celebrity adopted her daughter, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, from in 2005.

Children adopted by foreign families in the past have been exposed to "various crimes and social crisis in the country they grew up in," the report quoted country's state-run News Agency ENA, as saying.

A US couple was convicted in 2013, in the death of their 13-year-old daughter, whom they adopted from Ethiopia.

According to CNN, which cited documents, died in 2011 from "hypothermia brought on by malnutrition and being forced to remain outside on a cold rainy night."

Both the parents are currently serving the prison time.

Ethiopia says the new proclamation "encourages local adoption, family reunification and reintegration that will enable children to grow up in the midst of their fellow citizens.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:15 IST