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Two bodies of newly born babies dumped on the streets of Harare

Babay dumping is growing at an increasingly worrying pace, with a recent report saying that Harare City Council workers find at least 20 corpses of newborn babies each week, thrown away or even flushed down the lavatories of Zimbabwe's capital.

By Lyn Takwada, HourlyHits Reporter

TWO bodies of newly born babies have been found wrapped in a plastic bag at corner First Street and Jason Moyo in Harare, in a case of suspect baby dumping.

The bodies were discovered this Friday by a worker who was collecting plastics for a paper recycling company.

Police have confirmed the incident saying in vestigations are underway.

“On 20 August 2021 at about 1140 hours, two bodies of newly born babies were found wrapped in a black plastic bag at corner First Street and Jason Moyo, Harare.

“The bodies were found by a recycle plastic worker in a bin. Investigations are underway,” police national spokesperson Paul Nyathi said in a statement.

Nyathi would, however, not confirm if the babies were twins, as medical examinations are ongoing.

Babay dumping is growing at an increasingly worrying pace, with a recent report saying that Harare City Council workers find at least 20 corpses of newborn babies each week, thrown away or even flushed down the lavatories of Zimbabwe’s capital.

Some of the corpses are the result of unwanted pregnancies in a country experiencing a rise in sexual abuse and prostitution. But others are newborns dumped by desperate mothers unable to support another child.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old Shamva man was arrested for murder after he mercilessly struck a minor several times on the head with an axe and a stick.

The police members of the public must cherish the sanctity of human life and seek community counsel in the event of misunderstandings. □

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