The word “fixer” usually refers to the local intermediaries who help the reporter on his way. But in Medellin Colombia, the word “fixer” seems to mean something else. Someone who connects foster children in search of their roots with a family that is not theirs.
This is the picture that is pasted after broadcast Tackling scammersThe Kees van der Sek press program aired on RTL-5 on Tuesday evening. He. She KRO-NCRV-a program without leaving a trace He admitted on Monday that at least two people who participated in the program had been linked to the wrong biological family in this way.
Van der Speck examines the Colombian coach Edwin Villa in his broadcast. He’s been on Spoorloos since the early days of the show, which has been trying to connect Dutch adopted children with their biological parents in more than 650 episodes since the first broadcast in 1990. Until 2010 he worked as a syndication for reporter Edith Niemann.
biting off doubt
Van der Sek’s revelation came through the gut feeling of Assen’s Fiona Teggatz, who was also adopted from Colombia. She has a foundation that achieves reunification between adoptive Colombians and their families. There is a large adopted Colombian community in the north of the Netherlands. If any of us are in without leaving a trace He came, we all watched.”
When, in 2005, her friend Barbara Coy’s turn came, and she was told on the show that her mother could have been found, but that she would be in hiding and therefore unable to meet her, Tiggatz’s suspicions gnawed at her. How did the program know all this for sure? Until 2019 without leaving a trace Not a standard DNA test. Matches are created on the basis of documents. I didn’t say anything after that. After all, it’s hard to provoke something like that based on feeling.”
When Taggetz was in Columbia in 2017, her skepticism returned. “I met a Spoorloos reporter there. I showed her a number of cases, but her answers contained strange errors and inaccurate details. I kept getting different answers, even when I submitted the cases later via email.”
Once home, Teggatz rewatched all the episodes she knew about Colombian children. Then Tejatz told Quee, “I think you’re rotten.” It was also found that another child adopted from Colombia was linked to the wrong parent after a DNA test. Van der Spek’s broadcast shows how he definitely found his mother after a DNA match.
If requests to connect to the program in 2018, the two decide to go to Van der Spek. Aware of a commercial channel. “We insisted we get more information from Spoorloos, but what followed was complete radio silence.”
Just last Friday, a few weeks after Spoorloos learned of the broadcast, the show contacted Quee. “This has kept me up all night,” editor-in-chief Daphne Jonathans told me over the phone.
Tejatz: “Really, we thought when we heard that. What do you think, what has this done to us all these years?” According to the two, from the phone conversation comes out Chaotic mode picture. It turns out that three names of Quee’s alleged mother are circulating and that the personal details of the “mother” belong to other people.
Teggatz fears these cases aren’t the only ones, and calls for matches outside of Colombia are unconfirmed. “The only thing that provides certainty is a DNA match. I invite anyone who doubts now to do so.”
Presenter Dirk Bolt does not want to respond to Norwegian Refugee Council. “Quite against my habit, I now shut my mouth. It’s better for everyone.” KRO-NCRV says it will investigate 16 cases involving the Colombian broker. In two of those cases, the broadcaster said she had now confirmed a match by DNA testing, and in another, the broadcaster learned last July that the baby had been linked to the wrong father. We will re-examine the other 12 cases. If desired and possible, we will still offer DNA testing to the participants.”
A version of this article also appeared in October 12, 2022