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Monday, March 29, 2010

Mingi Children (cursed)

A tribe rich in tradition and very fearful of evil spirits. They drown children who they deem cursed ("Mingi.") Something as simple as the the top teeth emerging before the bottom will deem your precious infant cursed and will result in her death. What a terrifying reality that happens regularly here.

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There is a tribe in a Africa that has a culture rich in tradition. However, this tribe lives in fear of evil spirits who they believe bring ill fortune to their villages. They use the word “Mingi” to describe persons they consider cursed or otherwise imperfect. Those deemed Mingi face severe consequences, as they believe the presence of these children on their land curses the tribe. Their solution to this perceived threat is to drown Mingi children in the river. Last year, 7 percent of the children in this tribe were associated with Mingi, resulting in the deaths of at least 77 children. If the two other nearby tribes practice the Mingi tradition at the same rate, then combined 3,000 children would have their lives at risk

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