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Margaret Ward Reads from New Book "Missing Mila"

November 17, 2011

Margaret E. Ward, wife of Lasell's President Emeritus Thomas E.J. de Witt, shared her family's touching story of international adoption and its connection to the Salvadoran Civil War Wednesday as she read from her new book, Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War.

The event, which was held in Lasell's de Witt Hall, included a talk and reading by Ward and a discussion of a new documentary film by Ward's son Nelson de Witt, whose adoption is the subject of the book.

Missing Mila tells the story of two families, the de Witt's in the United States, the other in Honduras, who are forever linked following the 1983 adoption of two year-old Nelson. The book details how in 1997 Ward and her husband learned their son was one of the "disappeared children of El Salvador."

The book outlines the de Witt family's journey through adoption and the reuniting of Nelson and his birth family.

Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War includes person interviews, journal entries, letters, poems, blog posts, and photos to help the reader better understand the complexity of the story.

Nelson's documentary, which is still in development, will also chronicle his reuniting with his Honduran family.

Ward, retired Professor of German, Emerita, taught at Wellesley College from 1971 to 2010.

 

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