It’s a “true story”, as publishers used to offer some rather bland scripts. In the case of Celine Price, on the other hand, the story and her story have nothing to do with rose water. It is not intended to “make a fuss”, or to make people cry less in huts. However, does it not go beyond imagination? After testifying in 2019 in a Special Envoy’s report, 37-year-old Bonott, a professional teacher and mother of two, tells it in the book, Good Morning Nilanthe. The 300 copies released in March sold out quickly. It has just been reprinted.
“A right, in France, is very poorly unaccompanied or framed”
The work, like a notebook, was written to meet the needs of its author, but above all for others. To awaken consciences. It tells of a different adoption than others. “The royalties are intended to contribute to the reunification of families in Sri Lanka, and to partially fund DNA testing of biological mothers who are looking for their children,” Celine Prey identifies.
Nilanthi is Celine’s Sri Lankan first name, adopted in 1982. While she was searching for her origins, she discovered, in 2017, that she was one of those children who had fallen victim to horrific trafficking. Many maternity wards were reportedly stolen or bought from weak mothers. “Forged birth certificates, fake biological mothers appearing in court, intermediaries acting without the knowledge of adoptive families” appear in the Special Envoy’s investigation and testimonies collected by Celine Presci.
So she decided, and she is not the only one, to look for her biological mother. A long journey full of pitfalls, especially in Sri Lanka. “The search for assets is a right but in France it is unaccompanied or very poorly supervised,” Céline Bressy laments that she knocked several times on the door of the ministry at the International Adoption Mission.
Giving hope to all who seek
If she came to the end of her process, thanks in large part to her adoptive parents who accompanied her, the others weren’t so lucky. And for these, the young woman, of a strong character, chose to act, “without hate, without anger, in order to give hope to all who seek.” “Getting more means, logistical, financial and human support,” he adds. It has, among other things, set up a Facebook group to help adopted children find their biological families and, this fall, they will be required to testify before UN authorities.
On the site, in Sri Lanka, where she visited several times, she works alongside Andrew Silva. The latter takes care of research and verification on a voluntary basis, before organizing a meeting between biological mothers and adopters from all over the world. Around them, a whole network was formed, in France, Switzerland, Holland … For nearly four years, Ponote helped about forty families assembled, with DNA tests in “support”.Reunions are organized between biological and adoptive mothers from all over the world.
Celine Bressy met her biological family in the spring of 2018, once again thanks to Andrew Silva, despite management inconsistencies that were so many obstacles to her pursuit. “I recently returned to Sri Lanka with my children and my parents so everyone could meet. I was looking for my biological mother, 25 family members, including an older sister, greeted me with open arms,” says Celine Pressy. Behind this warm welcome, there is still a story to unravel…
“Legal” adoptive parents
The author gives herself in all the intimacy in Bonjour Nilanthe. On the other hand, the young woman is more conservative elsewhere. She warns that there is no doubt that she considers herself a “victim”.
It also seeks to spare adoptive parents who, she says, “acted at the time completely legal.” The French government acknowledged flaws in the system. The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, which entered into force in the 1990s in Sri Lanka, regulated these adoptions for the first time. The book goes beyond simply evoking a turbulent period in a country still in the grip of a serious crisis. Likewise, it not only speaks to adoptees, but provides food for reflection on parenthood and filiation.