Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called on young mothers to seek help if they find raising babies an impossible challenge.
He spoke on Friday after his Sonko Rescue Team yet again retrieved the body of an infant from the Ngong River in Embakasi South. Sonko said there is always the option of giving up the babies to foster homes should push comes to shove.
The infant is believed to be about a year and a half old and brings to 25 the number of bodies retrieved from rivers around the city by the SRT and the Comb Green Solutions groups cleaning the Ngong River and Nairobi River respectively since Sonko launched the monthly cleanup exercise in July 2018. The 25 include 20 infants and five adults.
Abdi Kware, head of Sonko Rescue Team in Embakasi South, said the body was retrieved near the Kware slums and reported at the Kware Police Station.The team was allowed to bury the remains along the River.
Early last week, the group members found another body of an infant and they reported at Kware police post under ob number 6/10/7/2020.
“We found the body while conducting our normal clean-up exercise and for the first time, we got the body of a baby who is more than one year old,” he said.
A month ago, yet another body of an infant was found around the same area and reported at the Kware police station.
Early last month, the Comb Green clean-up team working under Governor Sonko retrieved two bodies from the Nairobi river at the Korogocho area.
Following the increased cases of infants being dumped in the rivers, Sonko urged troubled mothers facing life challenges to reach out to the County for help or find ways of leaving the babies near child care homes.
“I am calling on mothers to bring these little angels to us where we can help them in some of our facilities for child care instead of leaving them to die,” he said.
Sonko has called on mothers who may have conceived babies against their will or feel not ready to take care of the babies not to shy away from seeking help through the Sonko Rescue Team or at The sub-county offices.
“They must come out and speak so that we can chip in where it’s possible to save the lives of innocent babies.”