Pardon the interruption folks, but kindly bear with me.
I’ve often mentioned my friends over at Rebel Shakespeare, in particular the founder Keri Cahill who’s already spent a large part of her life dedicated to giving children a gift few people can give.
Well, she’s got something straight out of a Shakespeare play going on in her own life, and it’s taken a nasty turn.
Keri’s got a daughter, Nastia, adopted from Russia. So far so good. But, dig this – Nastia finds out that she’s got an older sister Anya that she never knew she had, stuck in a different orphanage. Keri immediately sets about trying to reunite the sisters, bring Anya to the US and give her a home as well, flying over to Russia to make it happen. Out from under her Russia essentially changes the rules, declaring Anya to be an adult and pretty much kicking her out on her own. In the process, making her ineligible for the same sort of adoption that Keri was able to make happen for Nastia. (At least I think I’ve got the details right.) The orphanage that Keri’d been working with essentially just disappeared out from under her, years of money and paperwork vanished.
Keri’s been working for years to get Anya an education visa, and had everything so close to complete that she was literally days away, after all this time. Seriously. All of her friends have been watching her count down the hours on her Facebook status. That is, until the US Embassy denied the visa at the last minute. Why? Nobody knows.
They’re looking to get some attention, any attention, on the story. It’s on the local news (NECN, as linked) and will be a live story at 9PM tonight as well.
They’ve got a Facebook group going, too, to get the word out about what’s going on.
It seems like half Keri’s life has been dedicated to Shakespeare. I think it’s only right that if there’s anything we Shakespeare geeks can do to support her in this heartbreaking part, that we do it. Post the story on your own blogs. Forward. Link. Repeat. We’re talking a mother whose kid is stuck in a foreign country, and she can’t do anything about it. I can’t imagine it.