WALVIS BAY: Walvis Bay Mayor Derek Klazen on Tuesday spoke out about recent incidences of baby dumping at the harbour town. He was speaking during the ordinary council meeting held here on Tuesday.
One of the latest incidences involved the remains of a baby boy which were discovered by three minors.
Nampa reported last week that the partially decomposed remains of a newborn baby boy was discovered by three children in the dunes at the town on 23 September this year.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa, the minors spotted a black bag in the dunes, and upon opening it, found the corpse of the baby as well as the placenta.
They took the baby’s remains to the police station in the Narraville residential area.
Klazen on Tuesday indicated that incidences of baby dumping fill members of the public with shock and disbelief as these incidences mirror the “ill-health” of some members of the community who do not share the values of protecting and nurturing human life.
“Reports of a newborn being left for dead are not only horrific, but display an act of mindless malice and lack of respect for the sanctity of human life,” he stated.
He further added that it might be that people who abandon infants may have experienced hopelessness, coupled with additional socio-economic and psychological challenges during and after pregnancies, hence their decision to discard their babies.
“However, the actions taken to address these challenges are not acceptable since there are better alternatives available to mothers who do not wish to keep their babies upon giving birth,” Klazen warned.
The Mayor also extended a plea to all mothers, saying that those exposed to situations which could lead to irrational decision-making during or after pregnancy should seek professional help from social workers or psychologists in order to be advised properly.