In the Pakistan morgue lie small packages, wrapped and ready for the garbage heap.

 They are newborns, unwanted, so they are slain, and thrown out with the garbage, sometimes lying in a filthy alley where animals can rip at their tiny bodies.


 They may have been burned, or killed with knives or hung. They are usually only a few days old.

 Records at Edhi Foundation show that more than 1,200 newborns were killed and dumped in Pakistan last year, and hundreds of the bodies are never found, perhaps eaten by street animals.

 Statistics show that roughly nine out of 10 are baby girls, which families may consider too costly to keep. . “Girls are seen as a burden, seen as a property which belongs to somebody else so people see that as a waste of money and the wasting of an education of a girl,” said Bhagyashri Dengle, executive director of a nonprofit for children.

 Or they may have been illegitimate, which may have been the reason for their murder. Families view many of these children born out of wedlock as illegitimate in a culture that condemns those born outside of marriage. 

 The killing of newborns gets little attention in Pakistan, and rarely are they investigated by a police force that’s often poorly trained, lacks resources and stays focused on what’s perceived to be more important crimes.

 So, that’s what you find in the alleys and dumps in Pakistan, the country that practices the religion of peace.





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