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And This Is How We Start Child Protection Week:

Dumped Baby
And guess where I was this morning?
Attending a breakfast hosted by the National Adoption Coalition for the launch of their Community Engagement Programme.
Where they shared some statistics that were truly saddening:
  • Over 2000 babies were abandoned or deserted in South Africa in 2010
  • Over 2 million children who have been orphaned in South Africa
  • Adoptions are down by approximately 18% from  2010 with only 2013 adoptions taking place between 1 April 011 – 31 March 2012
  • A UNICEF study of 50 African countries into the number of orphaned children per country found South Africa to have some of the highest number
And this morning the ANC are marching in protest of a stupid painting. Really? In the bigger scheme of things, does a painting warrant such outrage when babies are literally dying on our streets?
Today, my heart is sad.
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11 Comments

  • Reply Spiritedmama1

    I have no words…. My heart is sad too.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Melinda

    It really breaks my heart when I see the above….truely, I wish our mighty God would help spare our children….they are pure innocence, containing nothing but pure love…why people do this I will never understand…
    At this moment the tears are rolling down my face. I cry for these children and hope that their next life will bring them the joy they dearly need and deserve..
    Another angel…..taken too soon

    May 29, 2012 at 11:25 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It breaks my heart as well. But what saddens me further is how few of us feel a responsibility for our children. How we feel outraged by these types of scenario’s but yet we feel somehow except from standing up for these children.
      That was the one thing that I took away from this morning’s meeting, in South Africa we don’t foster a culture of adoption, there is far too little awareness and far too few people actually doing anything.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Tracy

    Sjoe, I read the headline and saw the photo in the supermarket this morning. I just stood crying. It breaks my heart.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:43 am
  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    Oh my heart just break. Suffer the children, still….

    May 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Elize

    OMG, shocking and sad.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply blackhuff

    I can truly understand why your heart is sore and fully agree with you, that our nation is not marching or standing up for the right things. We need to prioritize better for things like these sad things.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    I don’t have anything to say…. Too sad. Too angry. I just don’t understand it.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Reluctant Mom

    This morning I heard on CapeTalk that fostering is more popular than adoption, mainly because fostering gets a child support payment.

    Most children are fostered into homes which are in poor areas, so they need this form of social grant.

    Government has not been paying this grant for months, because of what ever reason, the result is that families who have taken in foster children, who are already struggling, are now struggling further.

    My brain is unable to understand why our government and our policy makers do not take child abandonment, adoption, fostering and general child welfare more seriously.

    I am not feeling “very positive” right now both towards our social situation that we create and towards our goverment structure which is meant to support and protect the most vulnerable.

    Not a good week!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Reluctant Mom

    I also look at the man’s face who has to do this job and wrap up this little soul in a silver blanket, and I think how this moment is going to sit with him forever, and how he will be scarred.

    I hope the little boy/girl died quietly in his/her sleep and quietly drifted away from this cruel and mean world …. that is really all I can wish for him/her at this point.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Celeste that is exactly right – Sharon and I heard at a breakfast that there is a culture of fostering. The problem also lies socially in our black communities who believe in ‘Ubuntu’ which means the community is supposed to take care of the children. Many are villified if they consider adoption as it is seen as ‘giving African children away’. Problem is there is no such thing as a community now and the ubuntu principle has to be applied to adoption – ie: adoption seen as ubuntu. It’s a multilayered and complex issue. I really, really feel for these moms who are faced with no way out – I cannot understand abandoning a baby simply because I have by the grace of God not faced the kind of difficulties they face: being social outcasts, rejection by family, possible death even and maybe a baby that represents incest or rape! For these moms there just is no way out. Thank god we don’t face it and I wish more than anything we could become as outraged by the lack of support and social change as we did the Pres’ penis. Maybe the first step is women’s rights and supporting those: rejecting polygany and incentivising young girls to NOT fall pregnant: I wish the govt would only give grants to girls who have had their first baby in their 20s but then backstreet abortions etc would just increase. It’s sad and complex and yes, makes us all feel a bit hopeless 🙁

    May 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm
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