NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – A foetus was on Monday morning found dumped in a flower pot outside Jogoo House on Taifa Road in Nairobi.
A city council cleaner told Capital FM News that he found the foetus placed on top of a white paper bag as he was cleaning the area nearby.
“I was doing my usual cleaning when I came across this paper bag. The foetus was placed on top. I informed the police who were nearby and they told me they were aware about it,” the cleaner told Capital FM News.
He suspected the foetus may have been initially put in the dustbin but street boys removed it and placed it on the flowerpot nearby.
“Street boys come to check the dustbins before us (cleaners). Probably they found it in this dustbin. They were thinking it was food, broken glasses or normal things they find in bins, so probably that is when they saw it and put it on this flower pot,” he explained.
Inside the dustbin were newspapers with blood and pieces of flesh and indication that the foetus was initially dumped there.
Police were at the scene as curious onlookers continued to express shock and dismay at what they described as an ‘inhuman act.’
According to East African Centre for Law and Justice more than 40 percent of births in Kenya are unplanned with teenagers being the most affected.
It further indicates that there are about 310,000 abortions every year: “Twenty-one thousand women are admitted each year due to abortion related complications from having unsafe abortions – usually done in backstreet clinics. 2,600 of these eventually die. Of the women admitted, 12 percent were older than 34, while 40 percent were between 25 and 34 another 16 percent were teenagers.”
However the Constitution of Kenya has illegalised abortion causing a controversy between religious leaders who are opposed to it and reproductive health stakeholders who have wanted it legalized.
Abortion is only permitted if the life of the mother or child is in danger but not allowed if the mother feels she is not ready for the baby.
But reproductive health professionals argue that women should be given a choice to control their reproductive health.