A forced mother selling a child for Rs 7,000 – BBC Special

  • Joel Gunter
  • BBC Africa came

Last month, BBC Africa Eye uncovered an illegal market for the sale and purchase of children in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. After this news came to light, the police arrested seven people on charges of smuggling. But apart from the smugglers, there are mothers of children on the other side in such illegal purchase sale, what is their status? What are the reasons where a mother agrees to sell her baby for just £ 70?

Adama says that life was easy when he had parents. Though there was less money, there was not much option, but things were somewhat organized. She went to school, there was no problem of eating and drinking. Worries were low. When Adama was 12 years old, his father passed away and his mother remained no more than a few years later.

“Life became very difficult after that. I had to leave school and arrange for Gujar Basar,” says Adama from his village in the western countryside of Kenya.

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