My Google Page Rank

Separated at birth, Indonesian twins meet in Sweden

PDFPrintE-mail

Twins born in Indonesia and put up separately for adoption, have been reunited after finding each other living just 40 kilometres (25 miles) apart, in southern Sweden, three decades later.

Non-identical twins Emilie Falk and Lin Backman -- strangers until last year -- were separated nearly 29 years ago.

According to a DNA test the pair had done two months after reuniting in January last year, and which they shared with AFP, there is a 99.98 percent chance of them being sisters.

A complex string of events led up to that revelation.

Both were adopted from an orphanage in Semarang in northern Indonesia by Swedish couples, but there was no mention in either of their documents of the fact that they had a twin.

When Backman's parents left the orphanage with her all those years ago, the taxi driver had turned around and asked them: "What about the other one, the sister?" and they jotted the girls' Indonesian names down on a piece of paper.

The name helped Backman's parents track down the Falks back in Sweden, and the two families got together a few times when the girls were babies to compare notes.

"They went through the adoption papers, but they didn't think we were very similar and there was a lot in the papers that didn't add up ... And there were no DNA tests back then," Falk said.

Among the discrepancies were different names for the girls' fathers. And although the records showed they had the same mother, the families eventually decided that this too was an error.

The two couples in the end wrote off the idea and eventually lost touch.

Although their parents had told them the story as children, both Falk and Backman later forgot about it. Growing up, neither was interested in information about their biological background, so they never asked.

"But when I got married two years ago I started thinking about family and my adoption, and when I asked my mother she told me this story again, and I decided to look for Lin," Falk said.

She had a name and began searching through a network for Indonesian children adopted by Swedish families, and found her on Facebook.

"I am born on March 18, 1983 in Semarang and my biological mother's name is Maryati Rajiman," Falk said she wrote, and quickly received the reply: "Wow, that's my mother's name as well! And that's my birthday!"

They found they had a lot in common.

They lived only 40 kilometres apart in the very south of Sweden, they are both teachers, they got married on the same day only one year apart and even danced to the same wedding song: "You and Me" by Lifehouse.

"It was really strange," Falk said.

"When Lin called me (with the DNA test results), I remember I was sitting in the car and when she told me I started laughing, because it just felt so strange," she said, adding: "I suddenly started thinking that we shared a womb. It was really strange, but really cool too."

Since then the two have kept in close touch, and have talked about going to Indonesia to search for their biological parents.

There are a number of details, some contradictory, in the adoption papers, including a reference to their father as a taxi driver.

"We are very curious if he is THE taxi driver," Falk said.

Asked if she wished she had found out about her twin earlier, Falk insisted "there's no use in being sad about something I didn't know about. I am only happy to have found her."

By AFP




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Mini-grocery loses P.5M to robbers

20 Sep 2017 Hits:46 Be the first to comment!

The Sta. Maria Police (Police Station 7) is now conducting a deeper probe on the robbery of a mini-grocery in Barangay Tumaga, this city, where the sum of P500,000 was discovered missing on Monday morning. Chief Inspector Rolly Joaquino, station commander, said that a certain Raquel Perez y Rogicio, 37, of Zone 2, Tumaga reported that she discovered the robbery incident transpired  at Hersey Snow store about 3 a.m., Monday. She claimed that the half million pesos placed inside her color peach bag was missing inside her room adjacent to the establishment and believed to have been stolen. PO2 Almonjade Luddin, investigator-on-case, conducted an ocular investigation at the establishment however, he failed to establish any sign of forced entry. He further revealed that the [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Three hurt including a minor in vehicular incident

20 Sep 2017 Hits:42 Be the first to comment!

Three persons including a minor were injured after they were hit by a motorcycle along MCLL Highway, Barangay Quiniput, this city, last Saturday. Police identified the injured victims as Floribel Perez [...] Read more


SLIPPERY MOVES OF… FLORA

20 Sep 2017 Hits:41 Be the first to comment!

Este si Flora May S. Ceno, ta llama conele Flora , 20 años de edad, residente de Poblacion, Lakewood Zamboanga Del Sur . Su mayores si Rolando M. Ceno y [...] Read more


FIGHTER’S VISION... GHEN YAN

17 Sep 2017 Hits:72 Be the first to comment!

Este si Ghen Yhan Cabayaruz Berdon , su palayao “yan Yan”, 15 años de edad 5’4” el altor, anak di Agbayani D. Berdon y Genalyn Cabayacruz Berdon , hermano  si [...] Read more


ENDURANCE DASHER … JEK

15 Sep 2017 Hits:87 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jeric Sabungan Gaceta , su palayao “Jek”, 19 años de edad, 5’6” el altor , residente de Barangay Camino Nuevo , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si [...] Read more


ROOKIE VISION… PETER

13 Sep 2017 Hits:97 Be the first to comment!

Este si Peter Edward Patual Ignacio , ta llama conele “Peter”, 18 años de edad, 6’3” el altor, residente de Navarro Court Ext, Sta Maria, Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su [...] Read more


BEST OF THE BEST - SILVER…..JELSEA

12 Sep 2017 Hits:93 Be the first to comment!

Este si Jelsea Nicole Batayen Arboiz , ta llama conele “Jelsea“, 13 años de edad , anak di Roger P. Arboiz y Marites A. Batayen , su hermana si Julie [...] Read more


UPRISING GOLDEN ACHIEVER… NICA

10 Sep 2017 Hits:112 Be the first to comment!

Este si Veronica Padillo Sagrado , ta llama conele na palayao “Nica” , 13 años de edad , anak di Ferdinand Elloreg Sagrado  y Marilyn Padillo Sagrado , su hermana [...] Read more


Factory worker nabbed for illegal drugs

07 Sep 2017 Hits:144 Be the first to comment!

A worker at a canning factory was conducted to Police Station 9 after he was caught in possession of a sachet of alleged shabu while entering the premises of Universal [...] Read more


Student stabbed in street brawl

07 Sep 2017 Hits:132 Be the first to comment!

A grade 9 student was rushed to the hospital after he was stabbed during a brawl in Sitio Pasay, Barangay San Roque, this city, Tuesday. Police Station 7, investigator-on-case from the [...] Read more


PANTHER MOVES… VEN VEN

07 Sep 2017 Hits:103 Be the first to comment!

Este si Kaven Repollo Carandang , su palayao “ven ven “, 14 años de edad ,residente de MalasigaTalungan , Barangay San Roque , Ciudad de Zamboanga . Su mayores si [...] Read more


MUAY THAI BRAWLER…. IAN

06 Sep 2017 Hits:115 Be the first to comment!

Este si Prince Ian Cabayacruz Berdon , ta llama conele “Ian”, 14 años de edad, anak di Agbayani D. Berdon y Genalyn Cabayacruz Berdon . Su hermano si Ghen Yhan [...] Read more


It’s “Business as usual” in ZamPen

06 Sep 2017 Hits:160 Be the first to comment!

Despite the extension of military rule in Mindanao, business remains vibrant in Zamboanga Peninsula. Department of Trade and Industry-9 Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain said peace and order remains stable [...] Read more


Swedish national held for questioning

06 Sep 2017 Hits:168 Be the first to comment!

A Swedish National allegedly heading to Basilan Province was prevented from leaving Zamboanga City by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga Station (PCGZS) on Sunday. A report coming from the [...] Read more


SEA GAMES MUAY THAI BRONZE… RYAN

03 Sep 2017 Hits:126 Be the first to comment!

El diaton Muay Thai Bronze medalist  si Ryan Tarang Jakiri , ta llama conele el “Pilipino assassin” , 25 años de edad, 5’8” el altor , casao cun May Libao [...] Read more


SEA GAMES PENCAK SILAT BRONZE ….JEFF

02 Sep 2017 Hits:123 Be the first to comment!

El diaton Pencak Silat Bronze medalist si Jefferson Rhey Abilay Loon , su palayao “Jeff”, 24 años de edad ,5’7” el altor , residente de Barangay San Roque , anak [...] Read more


SEA GAME BILLIARD STAR…. CHEZKA

01 Sep 2017 Hits:125 Be the first to comment!

El diaton Billiard Cue Star … Chezka Luy Centeno , 18 años el edad , residente de Veterans Avenue Extesion , Tetuan , Ciudad de Zamboanga ,6 sila man Hermana [...] Read more


City preps homecoming rites for SEA games medalists

31 Aug 2017 Hits:139 Be the first to comment!

The City Government is preparing a special homecoming ceremony for Zamboangueño athletes who reaped medals in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. At the same time, [...] Read more


Pawnshop employee arrested for estafa

31 Aug 2017 Hits:127 Be the first to comment!

A former employee of a pawnshop was arrested for 12 counts of Estafa by personnel of the Detective Management Unit of Police Station 11 led by SPO4 Timhar Jamsikin Canelar [...] Read more