Yemenite senior citizens give DNA samples as part of project aimed at finding their missing children

Dozens of Yemenite senior citizens, who claim that their children were taken from them decades ago, gathered yesterday in order to add their DNA to a large database in hope that they will be reunited with their loved ones.
Yemenite senior citizens arriving for the DNA tests Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Despite their advanced age, many Yemenite senior citizens are still searching for their children who they claim were taken from them decades ago. Recently, they began to feel that finally, someone is listening to their tragic stories.

MyHeritage, an Israeli company that is known for its online genealogy platform, decided to help the Yemenite families locate their loved ones through a project it created. MyHeritage is offering free DNA testing to the Yemenite senior citizens and those who are suspect that they were adopted.

“When there is an opportunity to do a good deed, we jump to do it,” said MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet. “I really hope that as the time passes, we will find a lot of matches and reunite families.”

The funding for the project was approved but the fear of bureaucracy and prolonged decision-making prompted MK Nurit Koren (Likud) to act fast. “The women who were here really moved me,” she said. “They told me one thing: ‘I want to see my son even if it’s for a half an hour.’”

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