‘Finding my dad 30 years after I was taken from him’

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Edson Sanderson

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Edson and his dad playing pool

Edson Sanderson’s earliest memory is travelling on a hot bus to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, with his mother and younger brother Emerson. She had taken them hundreds of miles away from their father in Sonora with no intention of coming back. At the time, he was around three years old and had no idea he wouldn’t see his father again for more than 30 years.They were finally reunited through an appeal on Facebook in April 2019. Remembering the moment Edson, now 38, says: “When I arrived at the airport it was just elation. I think I hugged him a little bit too tight!”

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Edson Sanderson

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Edson (right) with Keith Sanderson and Cleverson

The details of what happened to Edson and his brother after they arrived in Sao Paulo are unclear. He has never been able to establish the exact sequence of events. The only things he knows for sure are that his mother abandoned him and he ended up with spells in an orphanage and living on the streets. He never found out what happened to his brother. At the orphanage he developed a reputation for running away, so much so that when Keith Sanderson travelled from the UK in 1988 to adopt Edson he wasn’t sure if he’d even be there.Keith and his wife Jennifer, from Wiltshire, were told they were too old to adopt in the UK so instead had found Edson through a US ag

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