ABC podcast shares the incredible true story of ‘The Orphan from Crete’


The ABC podcast, Days Like These, has today shined a spotlight on the incredible true story of two women, Sonya and Tess, and their journey to the Greek island of Crete.

In the episode titled The Orphan from Crete, ABC reporter Monika O’Hanlon speaks with Sonya, who was born in Brisbane but lives in London, and her wife Tess, about the one thing they believe was missing from their lives – a baby.

Cue a trip to Crete where they came across an orphan with big eyes and a hungry stomach as they took a tour around the ancient ruins of the Palace of Knossos.

Sonya and Tess in Crete. Photo supplied.

“She skipped on over, just so carefree. She just really touched our hearts,” Sonya says in the podcast.

The couple offered the orphan a sandwich which disappeared so quickly they bought another one. Back in their hotel, they kept thinking back to this orphan wandering the night all alone. So they decidekd to take her in.

“We were convinced that we were doing the right thing in deciding to give her a home,” Sonya says.

Sonya and Tess. Photo supplied.

But of course, bringing her back to the UK from Greece was quite the logistical operation, as well as an ethical question. Was it even legal without the appropriate paperwork?

While we won’t spoil the ending by sharing the answer to that question, what we can say is that the podcast leaves you in anticipation for what will come next.

As O’Hanlon tells The Greek Herald, it really is “a beautiful story” which proves that “family comes in every shape and size.”




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