An abandoned new born baby was placed in a trash bag on April 4th and left in front of a hospital in the city of Mahshahr, Khuzestan Province, southern Iran. Perhaps one would say the phenomenon of abandoned children is nothing new and happens every day in the four corners of the this cruel world. Poverty or even family problems are usually the main cause of this heartrending story. Although poverty is also one of the main factors behind unwanted children in the mullahs’ ruled Iran, but there is another frightening reason behind leaving the most vulnerable and innocent human life at the mercy of the chance in the winter cold or summer heat. According to the mullahs’ Sharia laws any woman who has a baby before marriage, is subjected to either stoning or hanging. Seeing an unattended baby on the dark hours of night on the pavement of some street or alley would bring tears to ones eyes This was the case for an Iranian human rights activist and poet, M. Showq when he saw the photograph of this baby in the internet. He wrote this poem from the eyes of the street; This is a case of a child abandoned a few year ago. A caricaturist drew this sketch, and metaphorically showed the sorrow of the street curb.
This is a street that talks!
'Sleep my little child!
Lay your head on my arms Even though I can’t protect you from harms Now you can have a mother Of course I can’t be a good one for you But it is several years now I have this job, and do For kids like you
Sleep my Baby Of course I can’t be a good mother For this drama But I can understand you and your lost mama I can understand her fate so dark and grey Because I too am trampled and distressed every day And feel cold during the nights And witnessing misery and brutish under the lights Sleep my Baby In my arms, and die Maybe tomorrow someone asks why Then I shall tell to the world, your story With my doleful cry Sleep my Baby, and die
The Iranian government statistics show that in just one city, Isfahan, central Iran, a monthly average of 16 abandoned child is registered. Isfahan’s deputy manager of the Social Welfare Department said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that more than 96 newborns were found during first 6 mounts of 2014. 'In one city alone in 2009, 150 infants, 145 abandoned child in 2010, 139 in 2011, and 126 babies in 2012, were left abandoned,' he added.