A man looks at pictures from the Lebanese Civil War organized by ICRC in Beirut, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Dida Guigan was just 2 weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's Civil War. She spent nine years looking for her Lebanese birth mother, only to find her living an hour away from the Swiss village where Guigan was raised by her adoptive family.The process of tracing her birth mother is one that many of those adopted abroad during Lebanon's 1975-90 war have started.Guigan's adoptive parents collected her in 1984 and she grew up mostly in Switzerland, knowing she was adopted but with no information on her birth family."I felt the need to fill a profound void, to know the story of my birth," she told AFP.Armed with her mother's name, she went to Lebanon to research her roots but encountered resistance.Terri's adoptive parents turned to a colleague whose mother was living in Lebanon.At just 10 months old, Terri left Lebanon in 1988, and as a child he often wondered about his birth and adoption.Badael has registered 2,700 children adopted from Lebanon in its database, and a handful of mothers seeking their children.
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