Brazil is the only nation that has not devastated it’s indian population. According to the 2010 census of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there are 305 Indian tribes represented in Brazil with a total population of 896,900. 36% of this population are children between 0-14 years of age. This percentage could have been significantly higher.
But unfortunately, infanticide is a common practice among Brazilian Indians and is the main cause of infant mortality amongst them. There are innumerous factors that lead to this practice . Some of them include the birth of twins, the birth of a special need child, the birth of a child born to an unwed mother and many other reasons. The Brazilian government has been silent on this matter defending that it is a cultural practice and cannot suffer outside intervention. By so doing, they are overestimating the value of a cultural practice and under estimating the value of life.
However there are those amongst the tribes that are standing up against this practice. They are saying no to the extinction of their people, and are standing up for life. They are defending the intrinsic value of a life. They are standing up for their own and realizing that children are tomorrows hope and future. They are raising their voices for those who have no voice. And are celebrating those who are with them.
They are being “born within” by defending the universal right to life.
written by Rachel Stier.
Boa Vista/Brazil, May, 2009.