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Bodies of fetuses, newborns clog Harare's sewers

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posted on Feb, 18 2006 @ 06:14 AM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The corpses of at least 20 newborn babies and fetuses are found each week in the sewers of Zimbabwe's capital, some having been flushed down toilets, Harare city authorities said, according to state media Friday.

Town Clerk Nomutsa Chideya said the babies' remains were found among a wide variety of waste and garbage cleared by city council workers unblocking sewers and drains in Harare.

As first I wanted to rage about the horror and brutality of such a barbaric place. The locals more concerned about the disruption of sewage flow. But then I thought how much better the US and the EUhandle this "waste" by using the bodies for dead babies for medical research. How proud I was then..........

posted on Feb, 18 2006 @ 06:51 AM
The disposing of these babies and fetuses (both different from embryos) is the result of a bigger problem. Rather than criticize people as barbarians, maybe you should be more concerned about the economic conditions driving this action. The people in Zimbabwe are very poor, and getting poorer due to economic sanctions placed on their government. Wouldn't you say it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness?

posted on Feb, 18 2006 @ 07:15 AM

Originally posted by Rasobasi420
Wouldn't you say it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness?

Both can be done at once. Curse the darkness that caused this, and
curse the inhumanity of it all .... and do what you can to help stop
this. Which frankly, until that part of the world is stable politically,
there isn't much that can be done.

"What Africa needs, foreign aid cannot deliver, and that's elimination of
dictators and socialist regimes, establishment of political and economic
freedom, rule of law and respect for individual rights. Until that happens,
despite billions of dollars of foreign aid, Africa will remain a basket case."
-- Walter Williams

[edit on 2/18/2006 by FlyersFan]

posted on Feb, 18 2006 @ 07:48 AM
You have voted Rasobasi420 for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have two more votes this month.

Indeed there is much more to the article posted than just abortion..

Acute shortages of revenue and gasoline in the nation's worst economic crisis since independence in 1980 have crippled public utilities and garbage collection services across Zimbabwe.

Hospital fees and charges for scarce medicines have soared. Church and charity groups blame economic hardships for an increase in illegal back-street abortions.

Didn't President Bush cut funding to health care overseas? He must be so proud.

Chideya said workers removed at least 20 tons of sand from sewers every day. Inflation is running at 613 percent and many impoverished Zimbabweans, unable to afford cleaning materials or detergents, use sand to scour cooking pots and household dishes.

I wonder if the backyard abortionists are even able to wash their hands before they pick up the knife, or if it's dangerous just to deliver a baby under such unsanitary conditions. This is disturbing all round.

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