Wednesday, August 17, 2011

South Africa seizes children of Zimbabwe beggars

latimes.com: "For a Zimbabwean immigrant with no visa or papers, living illegally in a shabby city-owned building, South Africa's child welfare bureaucracy has proved as implacable as the river that nearly took her life three years ago. Chibura's daughter was taken into state care late last year, and now she says, despairingly, 'she doesn't even remember that I'm her mother.'

The government says its main concern is the best interests of the children. And even the mothers acknowledge that sitting by the road in traffic fumes in Johannesburg's desolate winter chill is a dismal environment for a baby.

'It's not good,' says Memory Konjiwa, another young Zimbabwean mother whose child was taken into care."