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Korea's lost children

Korea's overseas adoption programme began in the 1950s as the impoverished government's answer to the masses of mixed-race orphans from the Korean war. All told, around 200,000...

Korea's overseas adoption programme began in the 1950s as the impoverished government's answer to the masses of mixed-race orphans from the Korean war. All told, around 200,000 Korean children have been adopted overseas over the past 60 years.
About 300 of them have since returned to live in Korea and many are now involved in trying to change the adoption laws.
In this programme, the BBC's Ellen Otzen meets Jane Trenka and Suki Leith, both of whom were adopted by American families, to explore the impact foreign adoption has had on them.

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