SENEGAL – In Senegal, cases of infanticide raise the question of legalisation of abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Sept 22, 2017
Newborn infants found dead, often in public places, are most of the time the outcome of rape, incest or adultery. In February, the body of a three-day-old baby was found in a plastic bag under a truck in the parking lot of the Stadium Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in Dakar. In the same month, another was found in a market gardeners’ stall. In the past two years, 14 similar cases have been identified in garbage dumps, and body parts of others have been found that may have been eaten by wild dogs. Each case is now recorded and reported to the police.
These cases reveal a worrying phenomenon in Senegal: infanticide.