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. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24128096

 

Comments

Very good choice of article! I 100% agree with you: I find it completely outrageous that people are ready to sell a part of their body to pay back the money they owe. I personally believe that ANY amount of money will never be worth a human organ and that there are better options to consider when someone has major economic problems, even in such a poor country. In my opinion, the Bangladesh government should be more strict about the selling of organs and should increase investigations related to it, mainly to find the doctors that perform these operations, but also to scare them into stopping these illegal operations by fear of getting caught.

Very good choice of article! I 100% agree with you: I find it completely outrageous that people are ready to sell a part of their body to pay back the money they owe. I personally believe that ANY amount of money will never be worth a human organ and that there are better options to consider when someone has major economic problems, even in such a poor country. In my opinion, the Bangladesh government should be more strict about the selling of organs and should increase investigations related to it, mainly to find the doctors that perform these operations, but also to scare them into stopping these illegal operations by fear of getting caught.

Very good choice of article! I 100% agree with you: I find it completely outrageous that people are ready to sell a part of their body to pay back the money they owe. I personally believe that ANY amount of money will never be worth a human organ and that there are better options to consider when someone has major economic problems, even in such a poor country. In my opinion, the Bangladesh government should be more strict about the selling of organs and should increase investigations related to it, mainly to find the doctors that perform these operations, but also to scare them into stopping these illegal operations by fear of getting caught.

I think it’s important to note as you did at the end of this post that it’s difficult for those living in developed, well-off nations to imagine ever being in this scenario. We can’t even fathom being so impoverished as to feel you have no other option than to literally sell your own body parts. However, this kind of extreme poverty is more common around the world than we may realize. Even in our own nation, people turn to various illegal activities in order to make money and I think those cases often go unnoticed because to us they are more “normal” than the trade of organs. Really, though, they all stem from the same issue (that is, poverty) and deserve just as much attention so that a viable solution can be made.
I think I speak for most people when I say I find this disturbing and shocking and, as you said, not at all the proper solution to getting out of debt. One thing I found especially interesting about your post is that is that many of these people actually do possess all or most of the sum they owe… So they why would turn to such an extreme option? There must be some more important reason why they can’t, or feel they can’t, touch that money they have saved and if so, I feel that would have been an interesting angle to approach this from.
One last thing is that, since you used it a few times in this post, you may have wanted to define “NGO” somewhere in the beginning. Just because what may be common knowledge to you, may not be to all your readers. Other than that, though, nice work!

I didn't really know that selling organs for money happened pretty much on a daily basis. I mean you hear about this in movies and such but it never really occurred to me that it was something that was "normal" in parts of the world. It's a sad thing to think about. I don't think that they should even think about selling their organs because once they do so they actually loose money if you think about it because they can't work or perform as they used to, so technically it just puts them behind even more, and they lose money so chances are they would have to take a loan again and what would they do back to pay that one back? So selling organs isn't an answer. It would be interesting for you to talk about or think about new ways that they could repay the borrowers back.

This article is very interesting to me because I never knew that selling organs for money was such a large problem in Bangladesh. It does seem very crazy to donate an organ as important as a kidney. This is very risky and I’m sure people could find a different way to make money without harming themselves. Maybe giving blood would be a less extreme alternative to making money. I am certified to be an organ donor after I pass away and support this but not in order to make a quick buck. Organs should be donated either because the deceased person no longer needs these organs or because a person wants to make a difference in another’s life. I agree with your ending statement that we cannot understand what these people are going through because we are fortunate enough to never have to make this choice.

I agree that selling an organ to pay a debt to someone is a very extreme solution. Their problems are not that severe, yet they are making severe decisions that are going to impact the rest of their lives. The fact that after an organ removal surgery, they cannot work anymore is just going to cause a never ending cycle of debt and organ removal to pay off those debts. I can’t imagine living in a world that selling my body parts is the only option I have to pay back a loan.

How crazy is this, you really needs to be in troubles to sell parts of your body to clear up all your debts. That really shows that there is no resources for the population of Bangladesh given by the government to help out the poor people. The government should really put an end to this, because if they let doctors operate and sells body part of every one it is not going to end well. The first reason is that people will only see this option that is not a good one, to make money. Also, for sure there would be impostors that will pretend they are doctors, sanitary conditions won’t be respected and many people will suffer huge complications after the operation. So, it is important for the government to make laws about it before it turn wrong.

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