American Adoptive Couple Charged in Qatar
Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in Doha, Qatar, when their 8-year-old daughter, adopted from Ghana at age 4, died. The couple has been sitting in jail since January, and it’s a scenario that is any adoptive family’s nightmare: the girl had an eating disorder resulting from her background. In essence, it’s alleged that she starved herself to death, with intestinal parasites possibly contributing to the death.
Matthew Huang started working in Qatar in 2012 and the whole family relocated there, along with one grandmother. What made the situation particularly noticeable to the Qataris was the fact that Matthew and Grace were Americans of Asian descent, while their three adopted children were from Africa.
Gloria had been treated for an intestinal parasite, and the couple was also addressing her eating issues, where she would refuse food for days on end, and then binge, finding her food in garbage cans, or try to leave the house and roam the streets, looking for food. Obviously, something was not right. The malnutrition of her past had affected her relationship with food in the present, not much of a shock to any adoptive parent.
Yet, given the fact that the Asian-American couple with three African children were living in the Middle East when their daughter died, law officials there understand few such issues. A group called the California Innocence Project, which works to free wrongfully-convicted inmates, is attempting to help the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Huangs.
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