The trade of organs in Bangladesh
by Camille Le Saux on November 2, 2013 - 6:43pm
Organs trade is an important issue in Bangladesh, but also in other poor countries.
Some Bangladesh people have to borrow money from NGOs to be able to survive, but the problem is that after, they are not able to pay back their loans. Most of the time, they borrow from one NGO but to pay it back, they have to borrow from another NGO; so the circle never ends. Sometimes, some people have the feeling to be under pressure from their NGO, so they need to find a quick way to find money. Selling their organs is one of them, and to them, it seems to be the only way. For example, Mohammed Akhtar Alam, 33 years old, bears a 15-inch scar on his stomach where he had a kidney removed. Even if organs removal is illegal in Bangladesh, it is done. Some doctors tell people that there is no risk, but some people that do it cannot do any heavy work after that, which means that they cannot work anymore. The fact is that most borrowers have savings in their accounts and they generally have more than or equivalent to at least 75% of their loan amount, which means that they do not have so much missing.
I think that this "solution" is one of the worst, people have to sell a part of their body to pay back their debts?This is not normal at all. A lot of people are vistims of this trade, while it's not a real solution. Once they have selled a part of their body, they cannot do anything that they did before, their lifes changes. This affects their health at an important level, some people could die because of this; kidney is one of our vital organs, without it, we cannot be healthy, it is impossible. Thses person should be helped, in any way other than selling parts of theit bodies. This is really incredible to imagine when you live in a developed and rich country. We can't even imagine what these people can feel.