A forced mother sells her child for Rs 7,000 – BBC Special

  • Joel Gunter
  • The BBC came to Africa

Last month, the BBC Africa Eye found an illegal market for the sale and purchase of children in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Upon learning of the incident, police arrested seven people on smuggling charges. But apart from the smugglers, there are mothers of children on the other side as well as in illegal buying and selling, what is their position? Why are there reasons where a mother agrees to sell her child for only 0?

Adama says life was easy when she was with her parents. Where there was less money, there weren’t many options, but things were somewhat organized. She went to school, had no problem eating and drinking. Anxiety was low. When Adam was 12, his father died and his mother died a few years later.

“Life has been very difficult since then. I had to drop out of school and make a living in Gurjar Basar,” says Adama in a western Kenyan village.

At age 22, Ada met a man and became pregnant. Adama gave birth to a daughter, but the baby’s father died just three days later.