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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Ethio­pian kids, white parents bond at Va. camp

From elsewhere in The Post: At the Ethiopian Heritage and Culture Camp in Massanetta Springs, families can eat injera bread, shop at an African marketplace and dance to the krar. Columnist Petula Dvorak describes how embracing these cultural traditions from the African nation helps adopted Ethio­pian kids maintain their heritage, and helps their white parents establish a bi-cultural household:

“We’re not just bringing a child into the family,” David Baber told Dvorak. “We changed the culture of our family.” The Baber family, from Charlottesville, has two biological children and a 4-year-old adopted child from Ethi­o­pia.

For kids at the camp, much of the fun comes from seeing other children and families that look like them.

As one 9-year-old from Annapolis told Dvorak: “I don’t see brown people very often where I live. And now, I see all these other kids and families that look like mine,” she said. “I know I’m not alone. It’s not just me.”

Read Dvorak’s column to learn more of what the camp offers and how it started.

By On Parenting  |  12:39 PM ET, 07/26/2011

 
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