Child of El Salvador
1987 - An old woman finds a baby girl abandoned by the road in El Salvador. In the USA, Diane Remer-Thamert mourns the loss of a stillborn girl. Civil war is raging in El Salvador. Diane’s husband Glen wants to adopt a child from El Salvador. He meets a Salvadoran attorney whose father can help them. Glen goes to El Salvador to meet the attorney and becomes involved in helping Salvadorans who wish to flee. Diane flies down a few days later. She is intimidated by the military who carry automatic weapons and wear mirrored sunglasses. The couple meets Norma in an orphanage, and Diane knows this is the child intended to be theirs. Adopting Norma is a struggle played out against a fickle and dangerous government in El Salvador and a suspicious American one. Will Glen’s involvement in unauthorized activities cost them their child?
- Penny Raife Durant, June 2012
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