05 Aug 2013 | by Zofeen Ebrahim | Civil Society - Original Feature

Mohammad Shehzad is among the hundreds of unwanted children who are left in Edhi Foundation’s Meethadar centre each year.

Last year alone a hundred and forty-five babies were left in their over 300 centres across Pakistan.

Over the years Shehzad has seen an increase in the number of children left at Edhi’s doorstep. He says it is due rising poverty. Birth outside of marriage, which is severely condemned in this Muslim country, is another cause.

In the last over four decades, Edhi Foundation has found homes for over 22,000 healthy babies. But many like Shehzad will always remain with the charity.

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