Infanticide in Kenya: ‘I Was Told to Kill My Disabled Boy’

September 27, 2018

(BBC) – Ms Njoki and Ms Kipchumba are not alone. A new study in Kenya has found that 45% of mothers interviewed by a leading charity faced pressure to kill their babies born with disabilities. The survey found that the situation was worse in rural areas – where the figure could be as high as two in every three mothers. Most of the women interviewed by Disability Rights International said their children were considered “cursed, bewitched and possessed” and that a belief prevailed that the mothers were being punished for their sins, including being “unfaithful to their husbands”.

Recommended Reading