In Ethiopia, children are killed if they are considered to be cursed for fear that the cursed child will bring bad luck to the village. These cursed children are known as “mingi“. How can a child be considered cursed? A few reasons include, but are not limited to:
- A child is born to a single mother
- The parents did not get permission from the village elders
- A child’s upper teeth comes out before the lower one
In the west, we deem this action as infanticide. I am personally against the taking of a life. I hold this belief because of my moral fiber and because I was brought up in a society and culture that dictates that it is wrong.
However, morality is subjective. Culture varies from nation to nation. Are the actions of Ethiopian elders wrong?
What are your thoughts?