Tuesday, December 02, 2008

PNG women kill babies to end war

The Australian Associated Press reports that "Papua New Guinea women kill males babies to end tribal war".

However, it is not clear whether the women are killing ALL babies or just male ones. It makes more sense if they killed all babies, since "getting food was hard as husbands kept fighting and mothers and children were left to fend for themselves." Excerpts:

Women in Papua New Guinea's Highland region are killing their male babies to end a tribal war that has gone on for more than 20 years.

If women stopped producing males, their tribe's stock would go down and this would force the men to end their fight, the women said.

"All the womenfolk agreed to have all babies [my italics] born killed because they have had enough of men engaging in tribal conflicts and bringing misery to them," Ms Luke said.

The Salvation Army told the Australian Associated Press that women were so fed up with the ongoing violence that they were taking drastic steps.

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