A friend of mine, whom I have known since Elementary School, posted Nelson’s story a while ago on Facebook. Nelson reunited with his family over twelve years ago, and just recently got to have Breakfast with the El Salvadorian president. How exciting!! My friend, John Younger is making a documentary from this, once young boy, who was seeking for his truths and not giving up until he found the answers. Thank you John F. Younger for helping Nelson get his story out. You are an Angel on Earth.
I hope we can all be as brave as Nelson and find out our own truths. I have read a lot of his blog and read his story, he is an amazing man and he will flourish. The world needs more people in this world that are like John and Nelson. John for taking interest in his story and Nelson for telling it. What an amazing story! Now Nelson has more family that he is getting to know for the first time, he is so blessed.
~Wendy/Ready For The Shift
Nelson de Witt’s Story
Twelve years after reuniting with his birth family, one of the Disappeared Children of the Salvadoran Civil War is sharing a step in his journey to explore his identity. Our kickstarter goal is to get 500 people, who believe in us and in the importance of this story, to back the film. Backing this project will help us shoot the interviews over the next year for this feature length documentary.
Nelson/Roberto’s story starts in Central America during one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War. While it deals with events that are larger-than-life and has twists you might expect to find only in a work of fiction, at its heart, it is about what makes us alike or connected.
I want to share a story with you. A story about a late night phone call that forever changed our family. Oddly, it was not the first late night phone call that my family received.
The first call came about 27 years ago on May 10th 1983. My parents had just started the adoption process when they got a phone call from their adoption agency at 9:32 at night.
“We have a child for you. However, there is no photo, no history and you have until 3pm tomorrow to decide.”
They didn’t get much sleep that night but they decided to take a leap of faith and adopt. Incredibly, 20 days later they were in Honduras meeting me for the first time.
I grew up in Boston not know anything about my past or why I was put up for adoption. We knew so little that my parents couldn’t even tell me my real birthday.
Then in August of 1997 we received a call out of the blue. A man who worked for Physicians for Humans Rights told my father that I had not been born in Honduras like we thought. I had been born in El Salvador and my parents were revolutionaries in the civil war. I had been lost during a kidnapping mission gone wrong.
After the war my grandmother had made it her life’s mission to find me. She traveled back to El Salvador and spent a year looking for anyone who would help her find her long lost grandson. She eventually found Pro-Busqueda, which works to reconnect families torn apart during the war.
After four years of research they found us by doing an internet search on our names. That Christmas, our simple American family flew down to Costa Rica to meet my revolutionary birth family.
Since that day our families have grown close. Even though we are spread out all over the world, we stay close and see each other as much as possible.
We started this site as a way to help my adoptive mother with her book, and now it has become a place where we share our experiences of becoming one family.
~Nelson de Witt
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