#RealTravel: One Woman's Journey to Ethiopia to Find her Son
In 2011, Circe Hamilton, a British photographer who lives in New York City, got the news she’d been waiting two years to hear: she’d been approved to adopt a child from Ethiopia. That June she flew to Addis Ababa to meet the boy who was to legally become her son. Two more trips, including one to a small village in the region where her where her son, Abush, was from, a mountain of paperwork, and several court appearances later, Abush and Circe left Ethiopia in August 2011 for a new life in the United States as a family. This is their story as told through Hamilton’s lens.
1. In June 2011, Hamilton arrived in Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa (English translation = new flower). Also known as the gateway to Africa.
2. Hamilton took the back roads to the orphanage, where she was to meet her son.
3. Hamilton meets her son for the first time at 18 months old. Abush, who had just arrived from an orphanage near his hometown of Awasa —leaving everything and everyone he had ever known behind. He was frightened and shy. ”He had just traveled four hours in the back of a van to get to this (newer) orphanage,” Hamilton explained, He was “surrounded by many new faces, a new language and his new mum,” Hamilton said.
4. Hamilton also traveled to Sidama, the area Abush is from, where people live in thatched houses.