The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, has described the abandonment of a new born female baby in a refuse dump in Mile 3, Port Harcourt, as inhuman, appalling and barbaric.
NAWOJ explained that the association received the news of the shocking discovery of the baby reported to be less than six hours old with great shock, heartbreak and pain.
You will recall that in the early hours of yesterday, members of a vigilante group rescued a new born female child at a refuse dump in mile 3, Diobu.
The baby who was wrapped with clothes and abandoned to die, was still carrying her placenta when she was discovered.
The chairperson of the association, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and secretary, Ngozi Anosike in a release made available to TNN, shortly after a visit to the Port Harcourt Children’s Home, Borokiri, where the baby was reported to have been sent, wondered why a woman would abandon her baby in such manner after nine months of pregnancy.
NAWOJ explained that the most appalling of this ugly development was that most of these babies who were thrown away in this manner may not have been still born or born prematurely.
Addressing newsmen on the purpose of their visit to the Port Harcourt Children’s Home, the chairperson of the women wing of the pen fraternity said it was to identify with the child, express NAWOJ concern over the baby’s well-being, support and assure the caregivers of her commitment towards the upbringing of the child.
Serekara-Nwikhana who further urged members of the public to support the motherless children, appreciated the efforts of the vigilante, the human rights activist, Prince Wiro and the police for their quick intervention.
On the current health condition of the child, she said, “the baby is fine, in good hands and responding to treatment. We are very grateful to God for that.”
NAWOJ also presented some gift items during their visit.