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Swedish woman adopted as toddler uncovers sordid past in hunt for her Indian mother

Nilakshi Elizabeth Purve Jorendal had a heartbreaking journey finding her parents

By: Sarwar Alam

As an Indian child adopted and raised in Sweden, Nilakshi Elizabeth Purve Jorendal, was always curious about her birth mother. Her adoptive parents were open about her background, which was “hard to miss when you are a brown girl growing up in a white country” with three white siblings, said Jorendal, now 44. So in the late 1990s she started to search for her birth mother, an on-and-off process that took years but finally succeeded. But rather than the happy reunion she expected, Jorendal opened up a heartbreak suppressed for decades – finding she had been taken against her mother’s…

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