Christine and Sol Moghadam, the Irvine, California couple detained last week on child trafficking charges in Ghana during their adoption trip, have put their family blog back online. The blog had been taken down temporaritly during the media frenzy surrounding their dramatic case.
Christine Moghadam writes:
Two days ago, I decided to shut down my blog to avoid being bombarded by the media who has inaccurately told our story. I figure that after 24 hours, our news is history and will soon be forgotten. I am truly thankful for that because this adoption story was never intended to be about us but only a picture of GOD's incredible love for us.
Thankfully, their version of our story doesn't affect or change who we are and the validity of our adoption. It won't prevent me from finding my voice and speaking up.
Whether or not I am taken seriously, I am speaking up for children that deserve our love and commitment.
Honestly, I don't have any regrets as to how we handled our traumatic situation. I am proud and surprised at the amount of strength and courage all 8 of us had to push through. In the midst of all the uncertainties and discomfort, we were well loved and cared for by Ghanaian friends and other Americans in Ghana. The assurance of prayers for us from around the world became our hope and our comfort.
We were however disappointed that there were others who took advantage of our situation and tried to blackmail us for the their own fame and for money.
Do I have anger and resentment towards those that falsely accused us for child trafficking at the expense of emotionally traumatiziing all 6 of our children?
We didn't deserve to be treated the way we were.
I admit it was hard to forgive the officer that interrogated us and detained us for no reason.... but we have chosen to because we understand that child trafficking IS real and to some extent he had every reason in his power and limited understanding to be suspicious of us only because of the several trafficking cases that have gone under the radar.
I get it.
My hope is that all this happened only to show the Ghana CID our genuine commitment and love not only towards our adopted children but also to the many other orphaned children in Ghana.
And at the end of the day...I think they saw a glimpse of it. We were released under the care of 2 amazing Ghanaian officers who asked for forgiveness for the way our case was handled and eventually shared their contact information with us in hope of visiting all 8 of us in America one day.
I remember sitting in the dentention cell wondering "how much longer?" and asking God all the "whys" when it dawned on me....EVERY child is worth fighting for even at the expense of being detained for false accusations.
Even our eldest adopted son told us that he knew we were going to fight for him and his siblings.
He had no doubt.
It was and still is worth fighting for. EVERY CHILD deserves to be loved and given a chance.
The family has reportedly been cleared of all charges, and should be returning soon to the US with all their children.
All the best to them.