CATEGORIES OF INFANTS THAT ARE ENDANGERED IN AT LEAST 65 COMMUNITIES IN ABUJA, NIGERIA:
- Twins/Multiple births.
- Babies with deformity.
- Babies who grow the upper tooth first.
- Babies who lost their mum during childbirth.
we are still discovering more…
We have discovered by experience that the best way to achieve success in ending infanticide in Abuja is to build cordial/vibrant relationships with the locals in those communities, starting with the village heads.
On a scale of 1-10, if scale 10 is where we achieve total abolition of this evil practice; where the locals finally say: “Okay, we have seen that these babies are not evil, and so we are willing to have them coexist with us, and we can see proofs of this abolition,” we must ask ourselves what happens between scales 1-9? This is where we can heighten intervention to rescue more babies. The intervention entails receiving newborns who fall into the above mentioned categories from the locals at birth.
Since the babies are considered evil, we believe the locals (with a good relationship) will be willing to hand them over to those who are willing to care for them. Over the years, this has been the approach of our Partner, Vine Heritage Home Foundation (a care home in Kiyi village; one of the communities practicing infanticide in Abuja).
As we stay committed to this intervention plan, we can achieve the following:
- Standard care for rescued babies.
- Support for Vine Heritage Home Foundation that currently cares for over 140 kids, most of whom were rescued from infanticide.
- Sustained enlightenment of the locals in these communities.
- Massive awareness to muster more support and involvement from individuals, media houses, concerned institutions, and the Federal Government.
- Focus on rural development as it relates to basic amenities, education, and medical facilities.
PLATFORMS FOR SUPPORT/PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TWIN CAMPAIGN:
- Logistics support: Especially focusing on transportation, as we continue to explore the at least 65 communities practicing infanticide in the interiors of Abuja.
- Farming implements as incentives to parents each time babies that would have been sacrificed are handed over under our intervention plan.
- Scholarships to multiple births and other categories listed as another form of incentive to parents.
- School stationaries for kids in those communities to boost relationship with the locals.
- Clothing, food items, and gifts as we continue to make visits and tours to more communities.
- Medical aid support (pampers, infant formula, drugs, detergents, medical tests and treatment) to boost interaction with the heads of these communities.
- Village hall establishment support: This will serve for the purpose of assembling the locals for counselling, medical aid, and presentation of gifts from time to time.
- Establishment of Refuge Homes for rescued infants.
WHO CAN PARTNER?
- Nonprofit Organizations on child labour, counselling, child rights, medical aid, rural development, rural support, hope, relief, etc.
- Private Institutions.
- Media Organizations.
- Medical Institutions.
- International Organizations.
- Religious Organizations (Churches and Mosques) etc.
As we proceed on this noble cause, we are still developing more vibrant approaches to end infanticide in Abuja. Nevertheless, taking a cue from Mary Slessor, a British Presbyterian Missionary who gave her life in the Late 19th century to end the killing of twins in Calabar land (Nigeria), we shall remain purposefully committed to The Twin Campaign until no child is born and then endangered in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. We also look forward to extending this Campaign to the corners of Africa.