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Danish man meets Indian mother 40 years after adoption

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Filed on November 26, 2019
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Neilson and his brother Manuel Rajan were staying at a charitable home with their mother.

Given away in adoption 40 years ago, David Kildendal Nielsen travelled from Denmark to reunite with his biological mother in Chennai.

Neilson and his brother Manuel Rajan were staying at a charitable home with their mother, Dhanalakshmi, after their father abandoned them. One day the orphanage gave both the boys in adoption in Denmark and their mother had no clue about it.

"When I met her on Saturday, she hugged me. My joy knew no bounds. The only problem was the language barrier. I wanted her to know about every stage of my life," said Neilson who presented his mother an album with his photographs from childhood.

Neilson, who was born on January 25, 1978, was not even a year old when he was taken to Denmark. But finally when he came in contact with the Netherlands-based NGO Against Child Trafficking, Neilson was able to trace his mother

In February 2013 Nielsen came across documents and found he had a brother named Manuel Rajan who was also given in adoption in Denmark. "He traced him and took a DNA test, which confirmed they were siblings," said Anjali Pawar of NGO Against Child Trafficking, who along with her colleague Arun Dohle, helped Nielsen trace his mother.

An extensive search for Neilson's mother followed until articles about him in the media caught the eye of the wife and daughter of the pastor at the Pallavaram orphanage. They sent Nielson a picture of Dhanalakshmi.

The breakthrough came when Dhanalakshmi's relatives saw a television program on Nielsen's quest, and contacted him, reported The Hindu.

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