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Adoption Awareness Week - Colombia

Today we will meet Alvaro Vega.
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Growing up in the countryside of Denmark, I quickly found myself in a situation where I felt different. Moreover, ever since my teenage years, it has been a desire of mine sparked by reading Malcolm X's autobiography to explore the significance of 'X' as representing the unknown in relation to his roots, leading me to contemplate my own.
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My quest didnĺt begin by sifting through adoption papers but rather by nervously expressing to my parents, , my wish to reclaim my original Colombian name, Alvaro. Subsequently, I sought my roots by meeting and forming relationships with other Colombians. This journey fostered a yearning to one day visit the country and perhaps, if fortunate, uncover information about my heritage.
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However, it all crystallized for me when the TV program Sporl°s, traceless, caught my attention, and shortly afterward, I found myself holding my little sister in my arms. Discovering my family has connected me with individuals with whom I share a history in a different way I now have mirrors to reflect upon. Consequently, I feel more grounded in my identity. This search has made me feel more whole.
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For those contemplating a similar search, I'd advise courage, listening to one's inner voice, and ensuring a supportive environment. Personally, I'll always advocate for knowing where one comes from, even though for some, it might be a challenging process. Every day, I engage in conversations with my family, and the depth of that connection surpasses the simplicity of the word 'happy.
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Kind regards,
Alvaro Vega
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