Abandoned baby finally finds home




A TODDLER, who was found wandering the streets more than a year ago after being abandoned by her father, has finally found a new home.

Najwa AqeelÕs Bangladeshi father gave her away to a family friend when her Indonesian mother was deported for living in Bahrain illegally.

The child stayed with the family for a year before she was kicked out and was spotted by a Bahraini, walking alone near Awali on March 2 last year.

She was taken to the police and later to the Batelco Child Care Home in Seef, which has been caring for her ever since.

However, a centre spokesman confirmed Najwa, now aged two, has been adopted by a Bahraini couple after getting approval from the Social Development Ministry and the centre.

ÒThere were many couples that came forward to adopt this girl when she was found,Ó he told the GDN.

ÒShe has been adopted by a Bahraini couple, who were selected by the ministry after extreme investigation.

ÒWe cannot provide further details about the family because it is restricted information and against our policy.

ÒHowever, we can confirm that both the girl and the couple are extremely happy and all is well.

ÒThe girl is in good health and itÕs a small but happy family now.Ó

He said the couple underwent rigorous inspection before the ministry signed off on the adoption papers.

ÒWe went and met the relatives of the couple and checked their living condition, monthly income and expenses, before taking the decision,Ó he explained.

ÒThey belong to a good family and we are sure they will take good care of the girl and she will grow up into a decent woman.Ó

The GDN last year reported that the childÕs 38-year-old father, who worked as a mechanic, was jailed for a month for abandonment and was deported after completing his sentence.

According Lower Criminal Court documents, Najwa, who was nicknamed Sara by the nurses who cared for her, had been passed from one home to the next until a family friend, who had an Indonesian wife, agreed to raise her as part of his family.

He claimed the child stayed with them for over a year before they kicked her out.

It is still unclear whether the man, who took in the child, has been prosecuted, but sources earlier said because he worked for the BDF, he could face charges in a military court.

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=382665

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