A forced mother sells a child for Rs 7000 – BBC Special

  • Joel Gunter
  • BBC Africa came

Last month, BBC Africa IA exposed the illegal market for the sale and purchase of children in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Police arrested seven people on smuggling charges after the news broke. But mothers of children on the other hand besides smugglers are also sold such illegal purchases, what is their status? What are the reasons where a mother agrees to sell her child for only 70?

Adama says life was easy when there were parents. Although there was less money, there was not much choice, but things were somewhat arranged. She went to school, had no problem eating or drinking. Anxiety was low. When Adama was 12, his father died and his mother died a few years later.

“Life became very difficult after that. I had to leave school and make a living,” says Adama, from his village in western Kenya.

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