18 December 2012

Gambia: Half-Buried Abandoned Baby Rescued

An abandoned newborn baby boy was on Saturday morning rescued after being found half-buried and covered with some grasses near Mandinaring village, Kombo North District.

Narrating the ugly scenario to the Daily Observer, Fah Ceesay, the alkalo of Mandinaring village, said this is the first time such a thing is happening in his village. He explained that the baby was discovered after his cries were heard by some children who were on their way to fetch palm fruits. "Undoubtedly, it was a newly-born baby boy who was helplessly buried half way in the ground -from the chest to the head was left uncovered," he said.

The alkalo said the children immediately rushed back and reported what they saw to some watchmen attached to a nearby orchard, who then went and rescued the baby. He said the baby was rushed to Banjulinding Health Centre and was later referred to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital where he was admitted. He added that information gathered from the doctors indicate that the life of the baby is not threatened and he is in a stable condition.

Alkalo Ceesay further stated that the Yundum Police and the Criminal Investigation Division Office have mounted an investigation into the matter. "I and my community will do everything humanly possible to help the police in their investigation to ensure that the person(s) behind this odd act is captured and brought to justice," he vowed.

He finally urged women who are in the habit of abandoning their children to stop it, stressing that it is inhuman to abandon ones biological child for any reason.

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