• Short Summary

    A POOR COUNTRY WOMAN WALKS UP THE STEPS OF THE ATHENS MUNICIPAL FOUNDLING HOUSE CRADLING THE CHILD SHE IS ABOUT TO SURRENDER.

  • Description

    A POOR COUNTRY WOMAN WALKS UP THE STEPS OF THE ATHENS MUNICIPAL FOUNDLING HOUSE CRADLING THE CHILD SHE IS ABOUT TO SURRENDER. WITHOUT MONEY SHE IS UNABLE TO FEED THE BABY BUT SHE KNOWS THAT THE NURSES AT THE FOUNDLING HOUSE WILL CARE FOR HER CHILD. A SMALL DOOR SET IN AN OUTSIDE WALL OPENS, REVEALING A CUSHIONED BOX IN WHICH THE BABY IS LAID, AND AWAY WALKS THE YOUNG MOTHER NEVER TO SEE IT AGAIN.

    THE GREEK GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRAFFIC IN UNWANTED BABIES. IT IS BELIEVED THAT LARGE NUMBERS ARE 'EXPORTED' TO THE UNITED STATES WHERE THERE IS CONSIDERABLE DEMAND FOR ADOPTIVE CHILDREN. IN SALONIKA CHILDREN. IN SALONIKA RECENTLY, SEVERAL DOCTORS, NURSES AND BUSINESS PEOPLE WERE FOUND GUILTY AND IMPRISONED FOR ARRANGING THE SALE OF FOUNDLING CHILDREN. THE OUTCRY CAUSED BY THIS EXPOSURE HAS SEEN THE GREEK GOVERNMENT AMENDING LEGISLATION IN THE ADOPTION LAWS.

    WOULD-BE PARENTS ARE NOW CAREFULLY VETTED BY POLICE AND FOUNDLING HOUSE INVESTIGATORS. ADOPTION BY PROXY HAS BEEN STOPPED AND ONLY BONA FIDE APPLICANTS ARE CONSIDERED. IN SPITE OF THIS NEW MEASURE HOWEVER, IT IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED THAT THE TRADE WILL NOT CEASE. GOOD CONNECTIONS TOGETHER WITH MONEY ARE NEARLY ALWAYS CERTAIN TO GET A MUCH WANTED CHILD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2BXA13B7PN3SOLL9WS12NGT8F
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BXA13B7PN3SOLL9WS12NGT8F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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