Solomon In Sri Lanka
Do they all really think this little baby is theirs?
His identity is unknown. His age, according to hospital staff, is somewhere between 4 and 5 months. He is simply and famously known as Baby No. 81, the 81st admission to the ward this year.
Baby No. 81's awful burden is not in being unwanted, but in being wanted too much.
So far, nine couples have claimed him as their own son. Some among them have threatened suicide if the baby is not delivered into their arms.
Is it that their PTSD has twisted the memories of their own infants' features into the lovely ones of this child? Does desperation and pain make us all insane? Or is there perhaps a conscious decision not to care, to compete for this child because in the absence of the lost one, any will do?
It's so achingly sad.