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July 6, 2013 |
The preschooler's hair was falling out in clumps. He had stopped playing with other children and barely spoke to his teachers. He woke screaming each night, and during the day clung to his mother. What's wrong, she asked again and again. Finally, he told her: His big brother, adopted seven years earlier from the Maryvale Catholic orphanage in Rosemead, was molesting him. Devastated, she rushed the older boy to a therapist's office, where he offered a harrowing explanation. "He said that Brother Larry had done it to him at Maryvale - him and other children," his mother recalled years later.
March 7, 2013 |
The extraordinary abortion-themed drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" placed Cristian Mungiu in the forefront of international cinema, and the Romanian director's new film, "Beyond the Hills," likewise concerns the bond between two young women. Again they face ineffectual institutions, but there's another, more urgent push-pull at the heart of this haunting, beautifully acted feature. After several years apart, lifelong friends Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan)
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December 27, 2012 |
Adolf Baguma's caretakers at the orphanage call him their Christmas gift, because it was on Christmas two years ago when they found the 9-year-old in the bushes behind a building in a small Ugandan town. Like many Ugandan children, Baguma was orphaned when AIDS claimed his parents. But he had an extra burden to bear. When he was about 5, the teenage aunt left to care for him got angry and hit him in the back of the legs with flaming banana leaves. Scar tissue from the burns fused each of his legs into a permanently bent position so that he was unable to walk upright.
November 27, 2012 |
The holidays can be a magical time that allows us to open our hearts and remind us of our place in the world. Boston-based United Planet reports that the number of travelers who volunteer abroad in December and January this year is up 50% from last year. The nonprofit organizes trips in 40 countries to schools, orphanages and other community projects that could use a helping hand. In Nepal, for example, volunteers may spend a week tending to the basic needs of young children in a Kathmandu orphanage or teaching English, math and science in a local school.
October 29, 2012 |
- Clayton Kershaw was presented Sunday with the Roberto Clemente Award, the top humanitarian honor bestowed by Major League Baseball. Kershaw, 24, the Dodgers' ace and the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, has worked with community organizations in Los Angeles and in his hometown of Dallas. However, he and his wife, Ellen , have focused on building an orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw is the youngest winner of an award that has been presented since 1971, with recipients including Willie Mays , Cal Ripken Jr. , Dave Winfield and 11 other Hall of Fame members.
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May 11, 2012 |
I do not know what clothes I was wearing. Whether I'd been left in a cradle or with any note of explanation. I do not know if I cried or lay still. Looked around or slept. Minutes may have gone by. Or hours. All the official record says is that, at about 2 months old, I was abandoned at the Nambu police station in Busan, South Korea. Labeled a "foundling," I was taken to a countryside orphanage and given a birth date and a name -- Dong Hee Ahn. It was 1978. After a year and a half, I was transferred to a foster home in Seoul, where a social worker noted: Her all action development progress was slower than same aged children due to being cared at orphanage for long.