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Babies who look “Pinoy” found abandoned in Sharjah, UAE

Three babies abandoned in Sharjah
By: Afkar Abdullah

SHARJAH – Three babies were found abandoned in various areas of Sharjah during the last six days.
A five-month-old boy was found on April 3, a two-month-old girl on April 5 and a one-week-old girl on April 7.

A Sharjah Police source told Khaleej Times that the boy, wrapped in a blanket, was found in a stroller by a passerby on a street during the early hours. The child’s clothes and a milk bottle was also in the stroller. The police rushed the baby to the Al Qasimi Hospital.

The two-month-old girl was spotted at the entrance of a public park in Abu Shaghara area while the week-old baby was found wrapped in a piece of cloth at the entrance of a villa. The residents in the two cases notified the police who placed the girls in the care of Al Qasimi Hospital staff.

The police said investigations are on and they are searching for the parents of the three babies.

Nemea Al Nakhi, head of Social Service Office at Al Qasimi Hospital, said the three babies were brought there in the last six days and they were all provided medical check-ups, the necessary treatments, as well as best care.

The hospital has received a number of abandoned children this year, most aged between a week to a maximum of two months. “I can’t understand how a mother could abandon a five months baby who recognises her and she attached to him,” said Al Nakhi.

She added that the baby boy looks like an Arab child, while the two girls have Filipino looks.

The boy was transferred after four days to the social services department for sheltering and other procedures, and the week-old infant followed him. Both are in good condition and are healthy.

The two-month-old baby girl is still receiving treatment at the hospital for dehydration and precutionary checks.


Nobody’s ChildrenMarch 19, 2012: 10-day-old baby has been found abandoned in Ajman in the second such incident in a fortnight. The baby girl was found on Sunday, March 18, morning, police said.March 4, 2012: Police are searching for the parents of a baby girl who was found abandoned near a villa in Sharjah last week. The 10-day old is recovering at Al Qasimi Hospital after she was found by a man who alerted the police on March 4.18 January, 2012 – A ten-day-old baby boy was found abandoned last week on a street in Al Dhaid area, Sharjah Police said on Tuesday. This is the third incident in two months and police are searching for the parents.

12 December, 2011: – A newborn baby, found abandoned in the Abu Shaghara area of Sharjah last month, was handed over to the Sharjah Department of Social Services by Al Qasimi Hospital.18 December, 2011 – The Sharjah Police are searching for the parents of a newborn baby boy, who was found abandoned near an under-construction building in Al Badea area in Sharjah.

25 November 2011: A new-born baby of a few days was found abandoned by the Sharjah Police in the Abu Shagarah area.

30 October 2011: Mother of a newborn baby boy was arrested by the Ras Al Khaimah Police after the body of the baby was found abandoned in a garbage bag in the trash container.

2 June 2011: A three-day-old girl was found abandoned by the Sharjah Police in a building under construction in Al Zubair.

26 April 2011: An infant was found abandoned near a mosque on the Al Kuwait Hospital Street in Ras Al Khaimah.

28 June 2010: Just a day after a month-old baby girl was found abandoned in Ajman, a newborn girl was found wrapped in a garment and placed in a bag near a house in Khor Kalba.

27 June 2010: A month-old infant girl was found at the entrance of a mosque in Ajman.

March 2, 2010: Two well-dressed baby boys, wrapped in blankets and placed in cardboard boxes, found at the entrance of a mosque in Sharjah

Feb 14, 2010: Seven-day-old girl found abandoned at the door of a mosque in Jazeera Al Hamra area of Ras Al Khaimah

Feb16, 2010: Newborn girl abandoned by parents found at a mosque in Dubai’s Naif area

Feb 7, 2010: Three-month-old girl found abandoned at the Ajman Corniche

Feb 1, 2010: Boy abandoned in Al Sahabah Mosque, Sharjah

Adoption Criteria

  • The Children’s Welfare Committee scrutinises applications for adoption and select prospective ‘parents’ based on their social and economic status.
  • The age of the wife should not be less than 25 and not more than 45 .The family should undertake that they will provide care to the children and the court should issue them a no-objection certificate (NOC).
  • Only permanent UAE residents can adopt abandoned children.
  • The Ministry of Social Affairs said in some cases, the ministry has the right to give the child to unmarried, divorced or widowed women whose age is not less than 30, or more than 50.
  • The foster family has the right to give the first name, while the judge will give the father’s, family and tribe name.
  • The documents issued to the child should not show that he or she is an illegitimate child.
  • Once adopted, the children will bear the name of the adopting father in all records.
  • After a child is handed over to a family, social services staff will visit the child frequently. These visits can drop to once a year until the child has turned six.
  • During the follow up, if a problem is noticed in the care of the child, the adoption is cancelled, but if the child is in good hands, the family is allowed to renew the adoption contract.

Legally speaking…

  • According to UAE law, an abandoned child can gain citizenship based on Article 17 of 1972
  • This was amended in1975 which says the abandoned child would be a UAE national
  • A draft of 2009 law is in the process and will be submitted to the cabinet
  • The draft law calls to establish shelters for kids and lays down conditions for alternative families and obligations of federal and local departments concerned
  • Foster families should inform the children of their adopted status only after permission from the social affairs department