The following is an excerpt from a news story which can be read in it's entirety here,
Male Infanticide in Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea jungle has given up one of its darkest secrets - the systematic slaughter of every male baby born in two villages to prevent future tribal clashes.
By virtually wiping out the 'male stock', tribal women hope they can avoid deadly bow-and-arrow wars between the villages in the future.
'Babies grow into men and men turn into warriors,' said Rona Luke, a village wife who is attending a special 'peace and reconciliation' meeting in the mountain village of Goroka.
Slaughter: The Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands where it has been claimed women in two villages killed all their male children for a decade to prevent tribal warfare
'It's because of the terrible fights that have brought death and destruction to our villages for the past 20 years that all the womenfolk have agreed to have all new-born male babies killed,' said Mrs Luke.
'The women have had enough of men engaging in tribal conflicts and bringing misery to them.'
The sensational claims recall the Biblical story of the Old Testament pharaoh who ordered all midwives to kill Israelite baby boys because he wanted to ensure there were never enough young men to fight in an army against the Egyptians.
Mrs Luke said that the village women agreed that if they stopped producing males, allowing only female babies to survive, their tribe's stock of boys would go down and there would be no men in future to fight.
A resident of Agibu village, Mrs Luke said she did not know how many male babies were killed by being smothered, but it had happened to all males over a 10 year period - and she suggested it was still happening.
Needless to say, my reaction to this has been one of complete and utter horror. It's a normal response; a response that I would expect each and every one of us to have......unfortunately, that is just not the case.
Here are some comments from women who have responded to this repellent act of evil.
From the link I posted above,
*In any conflict, it's always the women and children who suffer through no doing of their own. And when everything has been ruined, and the men killed, they have to pick up the pieces and restore everything. They must have really had enough to kill their own children like that
*To feel that a group of humans had to go to these lengths is unimaginable
*It's so sad that the women from both villages had to come to this terrible arrangement. I hope peace comes to them before any more lives are lost.
*The men have a great time, it seems, being men and fighting other men most of the time. I'd bet they are as happy as Larry and feel great.
Sounds like Red Bull heaven.
As usual, the poor wives and female relatives bear the burden and aftermath of boys being boys
And, from the website, 'The Women on the Web'
*These women are losing their sons either way. In war, they raise them for many years only to see thelm slaughtered. While I don’t approve of infanticide, I can see how their desperation would make it seem as if they must shock their society with their decision to stop the suffering at birth. How else can they get the attention of their leaders and the men who insist on warfare as a way of life?
*How sad to get to a point as a society that you believe that the only way to stop the warring factions is to deprive them of the warriors. Perhaps they might want to swap the Chinese for the girls.
*Women are not perfect as we all know but war is a by product of men and their pride, testosterone, etc. I have long said if you want peace in the middle east men must be taught their place which would be to sit down, follow 3 steps behind their women and keep their big traps shut.
Two things stand out quite clearly from the comments of these women....A) It is, unsurprisingly, all the fault of men that the women of Papua New Guinea have been engaging in male infanticide for the last ten years and B) the REAL victims here are not the untold numbers of innocent baby boys who have been slaughtered, but the poor women who have apparently been forced to take such extreme measures.
I'm sickened beyond words that there are actually people who would attempt to justify such evil. There are times when I read things so horrible that I actually find myself wishing that I could somehow excise myself from humanity.....this would be one of those occassions.