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In Ethiopia, A New Ban On Foreign Adoptions Is About National PrideEnlarge this image toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesLittle Girma had charmed the entire hotel lobby in Addis Ababa.

Back in January, the country’s parliament banned foreign adoptions, citing concerns about the safety of Ethiopian children.

At the time, Ethiopia was second only to China as the most popular country for adoptions by Americans.

Lawmakers worried that Ethiopian children taken abroad could suffer identity crises and psychological problems, in addition to physical abuse.

Ethiopian children, he says, should be brought up where they were born so they can help the country move forward.

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