115 chil­dren saved from in­fant killing in FCT

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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)

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