BOLDEDITION.COM – Clarence Smith Jr. for BOLD Edition
Sparse details related to their son’s history were not the only unusual circumstances regarding his adoption. de Witt and Ward’s FBI clearances—a necessary aspect of the adoption process—were expedited. They were provided a lawyer. The wife of the United States ambassador to Honduras, Mrs. Negroponte, shepherded the adoption. The necessity for a rushed delivery of the small boy to de Witt and Ward were never explained to them. When they left Honduras and touched down in the United States, the details were insignificant. Nelson de Witt was officially their son.
HUFFINGTONPOST.COM – Jorge Luis Macias for Latino Voices
LATIMES.COM – Ken Ellingwood for Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Guarjila, El Salvador — Her name is Milagro, or it was before her mother’s heart broke into a million bits.
The girl was 4, dark-toned and skinny. On the day soldiers took her away, she wore a violet dress with short sleeves and tiny pleats. She had no shoes.
“They took my girl and said, ‘Go, old lady!'” recalled her mother, Enma Orellana. The woman ran in fear, looking back just once, when the girl cried, “Mama!”
A Family Blog – 2007 to 2011
Written by Nelson’s adopted mother
(Association Searching for Disappeared Girls and Boys)