It should have been a dream come true for Damir M and his wife, Nadica. Subosic Z and his wife, Azra. Ladislav P and his wife, Aleksandr, and Noah K and his wife, Ivona. The four Croatian couples had finally adopted their children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, or so they believed.
But before they could board a flight to Croatia, Zambian authorities detained the four spouses claiming that the children’s adoption papers were falsified. They now facechild traffickingcharges.
Since December 2020, the Croatians have spent at least a month in detention and were only recently granted bail by a Zambian court.
DW reached out to the Zambian Immigration Department, the Ministry of Community Development’s Social Welfare, which currently has custody of the children, and the…