115 children saved from infant killing in FCT
Mr Olusola Steven, the Coordinator of the Vine Heritage Home, Kuje, FCT, on Thursday, said 115 children rejected by their communities, had been saved from being killed.
Steven, who is also a missionary, made this disclosure during the graduation ceremony of 15 girls of the home trained in fashion designing by the Latiwa Development Foundation in Kuje.
The missionary told newsmen that since the inception of the home in 2001, 115 children had been saved from the practice of infanticide by 60 communities in the FCT.
Infanticide is the practice in some societies of killing unwanted children soon after birth.
Steven explained that there were some tribes that did not accept the birth of twins, albinos or children with deformities because they were believed to be evil.
He said, “They also believe that if a mother dies at childbirth or if a nursing mother gives birth and dies, as long as that child is still suckling, it is believed the child killed the mother.
“Usually, when the mother is to be buried, the living child is placed on the mother’s chest and buried with her; in some other communities, those children are abandoned in a room.” (NAN)