Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Expecting mothers in some part of South Africa drinks battery acid in order to obtain wealth.
“If I don’t drink this, I’m like someone who is sick,” one woman told Sky News. “I can’t sleep and I can’t think straight but when...
I have this then I am better and I can do anything.”
The drink is illegal and sold in drinking bins called “Shebeens.” It contains yeast, water and battery acid.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a regular ailment that can come to children whose mothers drink while they are pregnant. The disease can cause speech problems, physical deformities, learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Police are trying to shut down the houses where the drink is being sold, but it is difficult to stop.
The World Health Organization says that there has been a rise in the number of children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the area since 2002, and this is the most common birth defect in South Africa. Some mothers find that the income supplement is helpful, since a disabled child brings in more than four times more income than a healthy baby. *Shocked* I can't believe these!