Monday, March 23, 2009

Infanticide video inciting hate?

One of the feeds I follow to keep (somewhat) abreast of world news — besides BBC on-line — is the news syndicates Reuters.

This morning a title caught my eye which said, Infanticide video said inciting hate. This article turns on an apparent practice of a native South American tribe to bury their children alive! This had to be read to be believed! Well, it turned out that even after reading it, the news stayed resolutely unbelievable — and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Some London-based organization has claimed the film was "faked" and that the film "incites racial hatred." But that's not the end of the surprise. Apparently, the video was made by an "American missionary organization" called ... wait for it ... Youth With a Mission! And the country is Brazil, if you please!

To complicate your emotions, you then read that YWAM has actually admitted the film is fake. But they say the practice is real.

Then the real punchline (for me) came at the end, where I read that part of the purpose of the film is to support a "proposed Brazilian law, known as Muwaji's Law, which would abolish infanticide by indigenous groups." Does that strike anyone as strange? Is infanticide legal at the moment in Brazil if carried out by indigenous groups? Or is this a typo?

Cassie, do us a favour. If it ever comes up, vote 'Yes' to Muwaji's Law!

(If you want to read the article, it's here and if anyone wants to see the (faked) video, it's here)

1 comment:

  1. Well. That was disturbing. Being a parent of 4 YWAMers (out of 6 kids) and an aunt to 2 more (one being Brazilian), I'm sure we'll find out more "behind the story". After watching the video, I do believe it could have feasibly been made (although there was no mention of the photographer or his organization) by a missionary group such as YWAM in an attempt to educate people into the horrific practices that still abound in uncivilized tribes (similar to female circumcision in parts of Africa). The fact that the film was "faked" and chocolate cake was used actually made me feel a lot better as I would hate to think that anyone with any type of conscience could stand by and film such an event.

    As far as the law to abolish it - it may not be so much that it is now legal for these tribes, but rather that they, in their remoteness from society, are not governed by Brazilian law but still by the "law of the jungle" as it were. For in order to enforce civilized laws upon them, a government agency needs to move in to educate the people and enforce the law. I read last year that they just discovered another tribe in the Amazon that had never been known to exist before. This may be one of those type of situations...

    I also do not believe that YWAM's intent here (if indeed it was YWAM that made the film) to "incite hate" as the Society says. I believe the intent was more to educate the world so that help can get to these type of people who are still living in the "dark ages".

    Those are my thoughts...