The Huangs are a U.S. couple found guilty in 2014 of neglecting their adoptive daughter thus leading to her death. The Huangs had moved to Qatar with their three young children in 2012. Matthew Huang, a Stanford-trained engineer, was relocated there by his employer, MWH Global, to work for two years on a major infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup improvements. Matthew and Grace had adopted all three of their children from Africa. In all of the adoptions, the Huangs used a respected adoption agency and obtained all the proper visas from the State Department. The Huangs’ middle child was Gloria, whom they adopted from an orphanage in Ghana when she was 4 years old in 2009 and who had chronic eating disorders according to the parents.Seriously...the shit happening to Matt and Grace Huang is some next-level bullshit. I can't embed the video where they talk about their kids and we get some background on their family, but y'all really need to watch that.
In Ghana, Gloria was born into extreme poverty and grew up in impoverished conditions up through her time in an orphanage. "The Huangs describe her eating issues as a sporadic behavioral problem that resulted in Gloria sometimes going days where she refused to eat. She would then follow such fasting with unhealthy binge eating and attempts to find food from bizarre sources, such as in the trash or from neighbors. The Huangs were aware of their daughter’s eating issues, had educated themselves about the best way to handle those issues, and were attempting to manage the situation and help her grow out of it." Matthew and Grace Huang say that Gloria had eating disorders. The California Innocence Project has said that Gloria died of her eating disorder.
On January 15, 2013, Gloria died unexpectedly and suddenly. The death certificate, issued by Qatar’s supreme council of health, listed the causes of death as "cachexia and dehydration". Her parents were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and human trafficking.
...According to the "California Innocence Project" the report filed by the police in the investigation of noted that the children were not “good-looking” and did not share the “hereditary traits” as those of their parents. The CIP reports that investigations also theorize that Matthew and Grace “bought” their children in order to harvest their organs, or perhaps to perform medical experiments on them, allegation arising from the testimony of unnamed sources who claim that family kept to themselves and did not socialize
However, friends of the family in Qatar have come forward to praise Matthew and Grace’s parenting skills and the way they care for and love their children. One family was even at the Huang's home the night before Gloria's death, where they say that they witnessed Gloria walking around and sitting with the family.
While the death certificate indicates that the causes of death as "cachexia and dehydration," an independent review performed by a highly regarded pediatric forensice pathologist questions the determination. The formal definition of cachexia is the loss of body mass that cannot be reversed nutritionally. Cachexia can produce symptoms such as weight loss and muscle atrophy, which often looks similar to starvation, and can be caused by a range of conditions, including congestive heart failure and autoimmune diseases. These causes were not screened in the report by the medical examiner in Doha.
One theory of Gloria's death was that she was starved. However, Gloria was witnessed walking around her home the day before she died by a visiting family. Her brothers recounted to the police how they had played with her and that she had appeared normal in the days before she died. While a child can go a few days without eating without risk of starvation, a child would not have the physical strength to walk one day before death due to starvation.
As noted in the report by the Qatari medical examiner, Dr. Anis Mahmoud Khalifa, Gloria also lacked other physical hallmarks of a child who was starved to death or abused.
Those kids were happy. Their parents clearly went all the way to provide for them, and I find it appalling they can't even have a proper funeral - much less grieve - for their daughter or go home to their sons, not to mention the fact Mr. Huang's former employer is being a total asshole demanding that he get back to work. Um...did you not hear the man lost his daughter and was convicted of her murder??? That's not exactly the flu. It's not something he can just get over in couple of days.
All I'm seeing is that some people who weren't Madonna or Angelina Jolie adopted three African children, and are essentially being punished for it. Qatari officials have gone on and on and on about the interracial aspect about this family with zero evidence of cruel intent. I get that in Qatar, people don't adopt outside the family, much less across racial lines, but this is not a Qatari family. This is an Afro-Asian American family, and they see things a bit differently.
I've already signed the petition and made my donation. I suggest y'all do the same.