Jul 19, 2011, 12:54 PM
The issue of baby dumping in the country, especially among young girls is, no doubt, a cause for concern, and a national problem. Almost on a daily basis, one reads newspapers or sees on television people arraigned for dumping their new-born babies in pit latrines or even at dump sites.
One would ask what are the main causes of this inhuman act?
In most cases, people tend to blame the mothers who dumped their babies. Almost half of babies dumped are victims of baby dumping because their mothers have just entered adulthood or some are even in their teens.
Most of these girls are either too young to shoulder the responsibility of being a mother or are afraid of their parents, so they would end up hiding the pregnancy, then later disposing of that innocent soul.
Whatever the case, we see no reason why people should dump their babies. Going by recent media reports, the practice is becoming a way of life in the country, and we want to say that every measure must be put in place to put an end to this unbearable act.
We want to reiterate our call for parents to take up their responsibilities, as they have a large part to play in the sexual lives of their children. Parents should open up to their children, discuss with them and know what their problems are. This way, children can learn from their parents, and try to live their lives through the right path.
On the other hand, children should always heed the advice given by their parents, as it is the only way out for them. We do not think any parent will give wrong advice to his or her child or try to mislead his or her child.
During this time of the year when schools are organizing their inter-school sports, children especially the students, should take their books as their friends and not follow irresponsible young men who are only looking to satisfy their selfish desires, and end up impregnating young girls.
This is, no doubt, a national problem, and we definitely want to see all hands on deck to deal with this situation.
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