May 20 2013 Latest news:
Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A Dagenham mum whose first child was still born has joined a campaign to ban a Facebook page and book making crude jokes about dead babies.
Junaid Phipps, of Gosfield Road, said she was both “horrified and heartbroken” at seeing the Facebook page, called Dead Baby Jokes, which includes jokes about abortions, miscarriages, and babies being cooked and eaten.
In the ‘About’ section of the page, which has more than 19,000 likes, viewers are encouraged to post their own joke and are told there are “no boundaries on racism, religion, culture and overall anything offensive”.
There is also a book being sold on Amazon called the Ultimate Dead Baby Joke Book, although it is not clear if they are linked in anyway.
Junaid, whose son was still born last July, said she and hundreds of others had reported the site to Facebook and the book to Amazon but nothing had been done
“It’s extraordinary that the site and the book are allowed - they are so incredibly offensive,” she told the Post.
“Losing a baby is the most horrendous thing to go through and reading those jokes is so upsetting. I don’t understand how anyone can find them funny.”
The 20-year-old has signed a petition on a website called change.org to get the Facebook site banned. So far it has 1,815 signatures.
“I really hope someone listens to us soon,” said Junaid, who has a five month old baby called Kaelan-James, “otherwise more mums like myself could see it and be devastated.”