Nollywood producer and actress, Happy Julian-Uchendu, has expressed concern over the rise in cases of babies being abandoned on the streets and in public places.
The actress who often celebrates events like her birthday, her son’s birthday and Valentine’s day with children at Orphanage Homes lamented about the dumping of newborn babies in public places by young and unprepared mothers across the country.
In an interview with Vanguard, the actress said: “I spent my Christmas with the children at the orphanage, and also my birthday celebration is done with them including my son’s birthday ceremony is with them. I cherish and see them as my children too. I also believe in giving to the less privilege with what God has blessed me with, I mean the masses. This has been part of my upbringing and I have cultivated the habit of helping the masses because they need help and love.”
“I am a mother and I know the pain women pass through. After 22 hours of labour then delivery, somebody will now go and dump the baby on the street. I begin to imagine whether is the same labour process I went through these women who dump their newborns go through?”
While noting that some young girls often resort to this act due to societal pressures and fear of their parents, she advised parents to instill good morals and discipline in their children.
“Even though they had the pregnancy without their parents knowing, I appeal to them not to go on with dumping the innocent babies, rather go home and plead with your mum to take care of the child, after which you can go engage yourself with a little job to support the baby.”