Monday, 31 October 2016

Rising baby’ factories, trade and effect

 We have lost character as a region. It has been a case of uncertainty of some sort, if you know what makes some orphanage homes, hospitals and clinics, religious centers masquerading as syndicate in the baby farming industry and trade in local and illicit international market. You will weep for humanity. As baby’s farming syndicates have strong network and background voice, it will beats your imagination that some of them could be operating next door, and wonder how their antics always beat security personnel too. This business is spinning and more people are rolling in everyday. In this market, demand is always higher than supply. There is ready, ready for cash transfer and so cash deposit is no big deal, making money by farming babies for sales in Nigeria is a serious illegal business meant for those who can pay highest. In hospitals, body parts of patients are missing unnecessary. These parts are trafficked for transplanting abroad, and are for those who can pay bills. So many things happen these days.

Inside Story
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  Baby factory trade is not new though. It has been there years back and functioning behind the scene silently refusing to grow. But it has grown now and is rapidly growing. People involved in the trade are baby farmers, agents, sellers and buyers. And they are connected with the powerful, rich and influential in the society, so I watch my back. They can pay to have their ways, to be out of security lenses, bend rules to  their favor and escape the laws from being enforced on them. My society fear and respect them, to the extent that everyday citizens are intimidated, and can't report them to authorities. Reporting them to security would be the highest risk anyone could do or think of. So who cares what goes on in our communities? That’s how we got it wrong all the other times.  
 Adolf Hitler prompted what has come to be baby’s factories by experiment. When he wanted to produce a super race whose attributes would portray super German as only and most superior race on earth prior to World War II. He lured and brought German girls to a room to mass produce offspring to replace the killed Jews. But he failed, when Nazi was dismantled. Anyhow, that is bye gone but preamble to the point.
In Europe, Athens, Greece is the capital of illegal babies’ trade. Migrants from other countries are lured and converted to baby making machines for European market. Britons prefer Indians, America look at Chinese and Latin American. And the trade goes on and on and on. In Africa, Nigeria is profiled as Africa baby’s trade capital and have potentials to service global market. Nigeria’s babies have international market acceptability and these babies are bought and brought abroad solely to become slaves.  Slave workers as in factories, mining and other laborious works amongst others. Of truth I tell you that slave trade has not ended yet, don’t doubt me.  I am only pained that Africans are the ones still selling Africans as commodities, like in the days of old.  When will Africa ever learn?      
In Nigeria particularly in the southern part of the country, orphanage homes are used as factories for making babies. Young girls within the age of 13-24 years are targeted and organized in hidden homes. In some of these homes, are numbered up to 30 adolescents or more, under the supervision of a syndicate. The syndicate usually contracts or employs the service of a young man at a low cost. The young man’s duty is to sleep with these girls and impregnate them at random. No one can ascertain the health and safety condition of the young man and the girls’ pre the sex based contract. However, it is noted that part of the syndicate is medical personnel, whose duties are to attend to the girls prenatal medically from pregnancy to delivery.

The trade and effect

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At delivery, babies are immediately taken away from the girls and sold off to ready made market, without any trace to track the baby forever. The girls after delivery normally return home with a financial gratification of N20, 000 ie less than $60 for the deal. The young man’s share per impregnated girl is N50, 000 ie close to $100. In common parlance, - the more a girl produces babies the more money she makes. Equally, this also applies to the man too. As if this is not madness! Babies sold into slavery, majority of them used for rituals as Africans still believes that crunched babies into powered form is the best voodoo. When this children cries before they are killed, The future of Africa bleak.
In other similar cases, poor girls with unwanted pregnancy are lured in for cover in these homes till delivery. After delivery, they are rewarded with N20, 000 from the sales of the baby, and the girl returns home. Almost all the girls in such homes do this voluntarily. The cost for male baby is more celebrated as it is more expensive. A male baby is sold between $5,500-7,000. While a female baby is sold between $4,000-3,000 in the illicit international market price.
Anxiously, I made attempt to unravel what could be the rational for a young pregnant girl, to walking away without emotions or feelings to her new born after nine months pregnancy? That was a big concerned to know how careless people could be in knowing the whereabouts of their babies immediately after delivery.  To also ascertain if  parents know where their children are, as they read this post. And I was made to know that, before the girls are accepted into the homes, they had entered into agreement.  This flimsy excuse  followed too, that poverty is number one thing that made us vulnerable, according to the girls.  I was speechless listening to the girl and almost lost myself. Then I remembered the wisdom of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, GOAL 1 - which is to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere.  And I know we can do something about it. In reality, do you think poverty can drive these girls into this? I am lost and recovering.  Lost at our morals and social values for X generation?  Lost for what holds for future.  I ask again, parents do you know where your daughters are? 
I remember how one of the girls told me that, she does not regret her actions that it was better she didn’t abort the baby and destroy lives. And I wonder the irony to her action.  Another with tears said, that she was stigmatized, castigated and pressured by her family, friends, and society as wayward and hopeless and that forced her into hiding for delivery. That she would have abandoned the baby at road side after delivery if the home was not there for her.  Well that I couldn’t still understand.  Something is wrong somewhere. We have to do something about this excuses and save babies from all this. We have to do something definite to save the future. Family values and morals and respect for life are eroded. We all have a role to play. Teach morals, character and values to children so that they can grow up with it. Let’s start it now.        

Warfront in farmlands - Herdsmen versus farmers

Africa farmlands are becoming conflict zone, a war caused by the wealthy political elite for the poor local farmers and nomad herdsmen. This deadly conflict has rendered thousands of people and community displaced, lives lost and millions of properties destroyed. Herdsmen are becoming more of what one could have only but imagined watching in movies. How do you explain when herdsmen are moving around with the likes of AK 47 assault riffle for instance in local communities?  Sometimes I begin to reason if cowboy in America means herdsmen in this context, so I can relate to some movies I did watched. But I have watched in America movies how cowboys at ranches behaves and relate, and that those ranches are private businesses and not Government. Then I wonder what is taking Nigeria Government into making ranches?  
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The immediate question on your mind I know is where and how did nomads-herdsmen have AK47 assault riffle from? You will ordinarily say it is out of proliferation of small arms especially in West Africa where war and violence is characterized for years. Could it be out of porosity of our borders?  Or that ECOWAS are not serious about what is happening in their region?  Ask them not me, where did herdsmen get money to purchase guns and riffles across the coast? Or don’t they know those involved in black market armory? You will see, no body will answer you. You know why? Those that suppose to give answers to your questions are the owners of the cattle’s, animals herdsmen tend to. They are called strong men by society, owners of cattle’s in West Africa coast, wealthy elite, and political officer holders.  Herdsmen take orders from these classes of men.  Can’t you see that herdsmen attack is a script play out, and if you care to know the author of the script? I’ve just told you. That is why you see the boldness herdsmen have in carrying out attack and deadly retaliation in communities they barely know.  That is why the attack is always successful without arrest and prosecution. They are covered by the powerful owners of cattle’s.  I wouldn’t lie.  Image result for picture of herdsmen attack on community
Taking a look at the conflict curve in West Africa zone, and to determine the root cause of this conflict is when herdsmen tend for their animals, they move from place to place in search for grazing zones. These grazing zones are green vegetations in forest and farmlands. And farmlands are where farmers plant their crops in anticipation for yields. And as herdsmen migrate with their cattle’s they trampled knowingly or unknowingly and graze on farmer’s crops. And because of their illiteracy, they are unable to identify crops from grass, and control the movement of their animals. But this is a challenge to food security. I see this conflict threatening Goal 2 of SDG to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture if allowed to continue. What I know is that nomad herdsmen are poor, peaceful and majorly illiterate shepherds.  Their actions are directed by poverty and nothing less.
Local farmers on the other side are poor too, yet peaceful and majorly rural dweller illiterate. Their livelihood is depended in farm yield. Their actions are guided by poverty. Farming in local Africa setting is laborious. Laborious to the extent that anything that threatens crop yield is enemy for attack. And whenever herdsmen destroy farmlands, farmers react dangerously and attack any available seen herdsmen as if he’s one responsible for the farm destruction. When farmers attack herdsmen, they usually manhandled herdsmen and loot their cattle’s way as compensation. 
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To herdsmen losing a cow? It is far better than killing him. One cow’ value means much more a thousand lives of human being.  And because of their affinity to animals, herdsmen don’t know how to forgive anyone who carts way his flock. When they are on search to recover the lost flock, it usually led retaliation on farmers. They mobilize and attack communities within the farmlands where their cattle’s was/were looted. The attack usually happens at midnights or at dawn. The attack is always deadly, as they kill any and I mean any living thing within the attacked communities. And finally, will burn down the communities. It doesn’t end there, at unannounced intervals will re-attack the communities again and again at their whim and caprice without any security resistance, counter, arrest or prosecution. This senseless attack has left poor farmers helpless. Farmlands in rural communities in West Africa are becoming the most fearful zone. Farmers have begun to fortify selves with guns too in self defense.
Herdsmen are mainly Fulani’s, predominately found across West Africa and Central Africa. In Nigeria, they are from the Northern part of the country migrating to the southern part.  Fulani herdsmen were known with staff/sticks as guiding tools to control their animals. Lately, they go with guns, and claim that the reason is for self defense against wild animals as they migrate, and against farmers too. They have through their Association/union disassociated themselves from all the attacks/atrocities, and lay it on migrating herdsmen from West Africa countries. They have assured Nigerians that they are not terrorist group. But that is hard to believe. But according to 2015 Global Terrorism Index, Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria are rated 4th deadliest group in the world. However, the last time I visited a community attacked by Fulani herdsmen, I believed the report.
Nigeria Government has shown concerned about this conflict without knowing exactly what the solution is. They have put in place machinery to buy and plant grasses as ranching areas. But is that not misplacement? Cattle rearing are private business and I wonder what Government got to do with it?  Or is it that the owners of these cattle as rich men? Why wouldn’t they be responsible enough to provide a ranch for their business?   I ask if cattle were owned by the poor, would Nigeria Government have been speedy and willing to provide ranches for them at all cost covered? I tell no, they wouldn’t have. But they are, because of their interest and they are the ones that own these cows. I weep for Africa!        

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