- According to several reports, there is a village in Abuja where twins are still killed
- The practice was exposed by a maternal health advocate and humanitarian worker
- The practice is said to be carried out in Gwagwalada
Despite the fierce fight put up by Mary Slessor, against the killing of twins, it appears her goal proved abortive in some parts of Nigeria, the village of Kaida in Gwagwalada on the outskirts of Abuja to be precise.
This practice was exposed by Nkwasi Obim Nebo, a maternal health advocate and humanitarian worker who led a team of PeachAid Medical Initiative medical doctors to the village. On her arrival in Kaida, the mother of a set of twins walked up to Nkwasi seeking help. It turned out her set of twins were to be killed in 24 hours.
Nkwasi Obim Nebo took to her Facebook page to share the story. She wrote: As soon as we arrived the community, this woman immediately handed us her newly born twin babies, asking us to take them away; they were only 2days old. I asked her why she was giving up on her kids, she replied and said they will be killed in few days from today if still with her.
She heard we were coming and came out just to give us the babies! This is her 4th pregnancy, and her 4th set of twins also! Oh yes! You heard me right! Twins are considered as evil in this community since time immemorial, and are killed (hanged) on the 3day after delivery.
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She continued, "During our health intervention at Kaida Village, Gwagwalada, FCT, we made sure every woman got their choice of contraceptives which will last for 5years, and that the men present also got condoms as many as they wanted; we distributed clean delivery kits to prevent infection and bleeding at child birth; we checked their sugar level, and their blood pressure; we administered Vitamin A supplements for all the children between the age of 6months to 5years.
Thanks to Dr Busola Aduramigba who is out contact person and who invited us to the community. Thanks to all our team members (PeachAid Medical Initiative), the group of medical doctors from Garki Hospital, Abuja, and other medical personnel."
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