I’ve been following the Huang’s case in Qatar for a while now. After the death of their daughter, reports from police indicated the parents were at fault as they “could not have had a legitimate reason to adopt children who were not ‘good-looking’ and who did not share their ‘hereditary traits.’” These words have brought shudders to many transracial families. We’ll all think twice before traveling abroad in the future.
Matt and Grace’s adopted daughter, Gloria, died suddenly on January 15th, 2013 for reasons unknown. The next day, Matt and Grace were jailed in Doha, Qatar and charged with her murder. The investigative reports theorize that Matthew and Grace “bought” their children in order to harvest their organs, or perhaps to perform medical experiments on them. Adoption is a very foreign and confusing concept in Muslim nations.
Today Matthew Huang gave a statement to the media outside the courthouse:
“We have just been wrongfully convicted and we feel as if we are being kidnapped by the Qatar judicial system. This verdict is wrong and appears to be nothing more a than an effort to save face.
The prosecutor accused us of trafficking our legal adopted children with the intent of selling their organs. That is how ridiculous this is … So we are calling on the United States President Obama to call the Head of State in Qatar and explain to him why American families adopt high-needs children.
This verdict should be overturned immediately and we should be allowed to go home.”
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