There’s a tiny grave near an orphanage on the outskirts of Bishkek. It holds the body of an undersized 2-year-old girl who died in August from complications of a disease that is dangerous, yet often manageable in the United States. The little girl, who had been matched for adoption with a Florida doctor, is a casualty of a moratorium on international adoptions imposed long before Kyrgyzstan became engulfed in turmoil this spring.
The dead girl’s adoption, along with those of 64 other Kyrgyz orphans by American families, had been stalled for roughly two years. After protracted talks, officials on both sides are optimistic that the adoption logjam will finally be broken -- but they all concede that the issue will ultimately need to be resolved by the Kyrgyz legislators who are elected in the nation’s October 10 parliamentary elections.
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Laurie Rich Salerno is an editor for Patch.com. She lives in Meriden, CT.