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Baby saved from being buried alive

2011-09-09 11:27

Hanoi - Medical staff in central Vietnam saved a newborn baby from being ritually buried alive alongside his dead mother, a news report said on Friday.

The five-day-old boy was due to be buried in Quang Nam Province on Wednesday after his mother died in childbirth. The practice is customary among the region's Se Dang ethnic group.

The baby was rescued by local health clinic worker Ho Thi Hieu, who persuaded the villagers to let her take the baby to the district health centre for treatment, state-run newspaper Viet Nam News reported.

Hieu, from a Se Dang, has decided to adopt the baby, although this is against the group's practices, the report said.

The level of education is very low, said doctor Nguyen Thi Thu Ha of the district's healthcare centre, which has been an obstacle to authorities' efforts to discourage ritual infanticide.

"The baby is in a stable condition and is receiving care," he said.

Around 100 000 predominantly animist Se Dang live in the country, concentrated in central provinces. They are among Vietnam's poorest ethnic groups, mostly living by slash-and-burn farming.

Comments
  • Pixie1984 - 2011-09-09 11:49

    Shame man! Glad they saved the little guy!

  • Candice - 2011-09-09 11:52

    The lack of education and civilised behaviour in the world is astounding to me! What the hell is wrong with the world!!!

      MissGremlinSays - 2011-09-09 12:10

      Regretfully a common practice in tribal life, where no person in the tribe can afford to have the extra burden. Survival of the fittest kicks in, and if there is no mother to feed the child, then the child cant liver. Also practiced by the bushman and san tribes in southern Africa.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-09 17:34

      Also in India, where the Widow is burned alongside her dead husband to send them both on their way together.

      lakhan7 - 2011-09-20 12:40

      ...this is conclusive of tribal survival. it makes sense in that perspective. ...but the only thing that has changed in time is that humans dont have to hunt for food etc - thus it is easier to adopt the child instead. so , ask yourself, what is wrong with me , for not understanding the whole scenario.

  • Christo Stone - 2011-09-09 12:13

    That shows you how important education is. Cultures should be banned in the world...they have no place in modern societies.

      Mzungu - 2011-09-09 13:40

      You sir, are an idiot. Lacking in a coherent culture is what results in riots in london, gangs in chicago, youths being idiots in front of luthuli house. However, education is important. I shall give you that

      Succubus - 2011-09-20 12:33

      I'm with Christo on this one. Culture is what results in riots in London, not lack there of. And culture and religion 'together', are what leads people to bury babies alive, stab cattle to death in there back yard for ceremonial reasons, consume Rhino horn, consult traditional healers who kill and torture animals for there potions, ethnic cleansing, abuse children, discriminate against those who's culture is different, hate, war, fight, destroy, etc, etc. 'Culture', is humanities 'excuse', to justify behaving like primitive barbaric savages. 'Religion', is the tool that primitive humans use to give authority to their 'cultural excuses' for behaving like primitive barbaric savages. Civilization does not require culture, tradition, religion or any of the other primitive social constructs that primitive humans have mindlessly adopted through out their journey through evolution. A calm, quiet, emotionless, state of pure logic and rational maturity, is where humanity is evolving towards (some of us anyway). In this pure state of sentient power and rational awareness, there is no place for emotion, culture, religion, and other meaningless social decorations and intellectual inefficiencies. The ultimate state of mind is minimalistic and devoid of social clutter and complexity. In this state of pure emotionless, cultureless, religionless, conscious simplicity, ...no one needs to be 'told' that its bad to bury a baby alive.

      lakhan7 - 2011-09-20 12:49

      Culture adapts with time. So the modern societies that Christo and Succubus talk about is dis-bunked. Modern society has its only culture. One can not blame culture/religion on the things that happen... ( have you read all the religious books or just one? ) Is your blame justified? As , for the riots in the mordern world, this was caused by the "mordern culture" . In the Mordern culture, men dont marry early - hence their testosterone is much higher, as they dont have children and a family to use their excess energies - as a result, this is transferred to violence as an out let. Is it culture to blame, or human thinking?

      Barry - 2011-09-20 15:08

      @ Succubus You are an Atheist of note and also a devout Lesbian that is devoid of all feeling and emotion with all your filthy diatribes. I can see why you chose the pseudonym of Succubus......it should really have been Tokoloshe.

      Succubus - 2011-09-20 18:32

      Awww Barry, are you flirting with me????

  • Africa011 - 2011-09-09 12:18

    It is not a question of lack of education, but a question of the Annihilation and colonization of other cultures and traditions by the western culture, i mean this practice is wrong to us(westernized individuals), but to the Se Dang it is a cultural practice that you would have to respect. if western culture trully stood for human rights, but thats not the case.

      Lycanthrope - 2011-09-09 12:29

      You, of course, understand that infanticide is infringing on that baby's most basic human right: TO LIFE? Next time you have an urge to say something utterly profound, try think twice before speaking.

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-09 12:42

      as horrifying as it is to us, Africa011 does have a point- we all live according to different cultural customs, and therefore our eduation is "different"

      charley - 2011-09-09 13:52

      It used to be a western culture to burn people at the stake, but we have come a long way since then. Culture that has not kept up with times should be done away with, and that goes for anywhere in this world. What sort of people would do this, even if they are poor and uneducated.

  • Mathapelo - 2011-09-09 12:23

    Custom my foot, WTF is wrong with these ppl. Oh Lord Please hav mercy on us.

  • bsifundza - 2011-09-09 12:29

    what a major save, glad they did

  • kholofelo.mnouseni - 2011-09-09 12:58

    humanity, just purely being human, how do u bring yourself to kill a baby? bury them alive? oh my word... m getting chills..

  • Doll - 2011-09-09 19:49

    Every culture at some stage has buried people alive or sacrificed them as part of their cultural rituals: the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Mayans etc.We might think we live in a 20thC world but if you travel you will encounter many countries were there are still tribes who practise cultural rituals abhorrent to westerners. What we practice in western countries does not make it the norm worldwide. Vietnam was devastated by the war and many towns and villages are still unbelievably poor and backwards. To feed another mouth is sometimes beyond the capabilities of the community. It seems barbaric to us, but that child would probably have escaped a live of unrelenting poverty, hunger and possibily abuse - if had not been saved. If you have lived in a temporary cane shelter, that is washed away each year and you can't feed or clothe or school your offspring, only then have you earned the right to make judgements about these tribes cultural rituals. Education does not necessarily change cultural attitudes instantly. The same people we see as uncultured think western society is barbaric and I can't say that I don't agree with them.Under the thin veneer of "culture" in western society lurks a barbaric caveman mentality. Candice very little of the world is actually "civilised" witness young children in Africa been dismembered for muti.How civilised is that? Kids raped to cure Aids - how civilised is that? Maybe we should look to our own country's behaviour before criticizing anothers?

  • lynn.colby - 2011-09-26 16:30

    On one little good note: their culture is changing. They allowed the child to be adopted. Maybe there will be hope for them in the future...

  • tracey.horn1 - 2011-10-14 10:22

    What does education have to do with basic human instincts not to bury a baby alive. Silly excuse!

  • Theo - 2012-06-06 15:16

    What is Rong with the Wolde or do i mist somting "SHAME MAN "

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