I found out about some heartbreaking stuff today.
It all happened in a very spontaneous way – completely unplanned. After Iftar, we were heading out to one of the Ramadan Shisha joints, doing the Egyptian Ramadan thing. As we reached the place, I saw a sign for an orphanage. I immediately stopped there so we can visit the place. You see, my wife has been wanting to visit an orphanage for some time now. She’s been wanting to help out in any way she can: give the kids private lessons, donate money or food. Basically she’s been feeling we’re too wrapped up in the grind of life, and she felt there’s much more to be done to help those in need. Naturally, she was thrilled. We went inside and discovered that this orphanage was a very pleasant place. A small villa housing around 20 kids, ranging from newborns to 4year olds. You could feel it was well-run, and it was clear the kids were getting tenderness and care. The staff was great. We stayed and played and with the kids, who were really eager for any sort of attention. They were literally throwing themselves at us and we spent a good amount of time with them playing, cuddling, and goofing around with them. It was really emotional.
That’s not the heartbreaking part. When we sat with the manager and talked to him, he told us that almost all of these kids were not really orphans. They were abandoned children that were discovered as newborn infants in the streets, most probably because they were illegitimate. To escape social ostracization, their mothers just abandon them. What was heartbreaking was the stories of how they find these kids. Apparently, in a bid to get rid of any evidence of their fornication, many of these mothers purposefully leave the kids in places that will lead to their death! Some infants are found placed next to the back wheels of a huge truck, so that when the driver backs off when he gets into his car in the morning, he crushes the baby! Others are found with fractured skulls because they’re thrown out of the window of a car. Others are left in the garbage, where they get attacked by stray dogs and cats. When we heard this, we could not believe such a thing was humanly possible. How could a mother do something like that? When you see these little children, with all their innocence and purity, and then you hear about what they were subjected to, you cannot help but be heartbroken. Whose fault is this? Are the mothers solely to blame? Or does our society, which values female “honor” much more than it values life, share a huge part of the blame?