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Baby dumping increases under lockdown hardships

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The number of abandoned babies has risen by 80% during lockdown according to unofficial figures, and child welfare experts expect the trend to continue as times get tougher.


10 Jun 2020
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Baby dumping increases under lockdown hardships

Picture for illustration. Constable Nomsa Mashaba with an abandoned baby, 24 January 2019. Photo Supplied.

Child abandonment has increased by at least 80% during the lockdown as more expectant mothers experience financial uncertainty during the pandemic. According to the National Adoption Coalition of SA (Nacsa), the first week of the lockdown saw a surge in abandonment. This included hard abandonment, where a child is dumped in a bin, and soft abandonment, where the mother leaves the baby at a hospital after birth and disappears without a trace. “We have seen an 80% increase. There were 13 abandonments in the period of February/March and 23 in the period of April/May. We expect this to continue,” said...

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