A Dutch adoption scandal triggers a search for roots in Indonesia

Ms Widya Astuti Boerma ended up in an orphanage in Jakarta at the age of three. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF WIDYA ASTUTI BOERMA
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JAKARTA - Until a few months ago, Ms Widya Astuti Boerma knew her biological mother only from glimpses of memory.

Some were pleasant: a moment of them both at the sultan's palace in Yogyakarta for example. But others were jarring, including one indelibly etched of the family's house ablaze. And then the final one: her mother's instructions at a Jakarta train station to "be a good girl" and go with a woman she barely knew.

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