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October 2007
 
Unwanted babies in India
 
The gruesome find of almost 30 bags full of babies’ body parts at a waste dump near a maternity clinic, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, shocked everyone.
 
Just a week earlier media reports stated that seven female foetuses had been thrown into a garbage dump in another area in the State. Although the Indian government banned gender selection and selective abortion in 1994, the authorities continue to find grisly evidence of this practice.
 
Set against this background, Siloam Christian Ministries is working in India to rescue unwanted babies from abortion. ‘Project Joshua’ began in 2004 with the birth of a baby – Joshua – to a teenage girl who had wanted an abortion. To date, eleven babies have been saved from abortion and brought up as a large family. Siloam hopes that adoptive parents can be found for the children. Preference will be given to parents within India, but there will also be opportunities for childless couples in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe to apply.
 
UK Director Richard Norton says, ‘One of the greatest evils, which I know offends a holy God, is the number of children worldwide who are aborted every year! Looking at Joshua three years on, it is hard to believe that he could have been sucked away in a vacuum tube in order to prevent his teenage mother and her family from suffering social disgrace’.
More information at www.siloam.org.uk or tel. 01926 335037.
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