A Lost Support System, With Tragic Consequences

In the past 3 years, the bodies of 32 infants have been recovered from Mbeubeuss, a landfill in Senegal and the country’s “largest open cemetery for murdered children.”

1 reason for these tragic deaths: The shame of having a child out of wedlock is so great that many women turn to infanticide.

On top of poverty and religious conservatism, a key tradition has “virtually disappeared”: girls’ eldest aunts teaching them about sex and contraception. This leaves them with less control of their fertility, writes photographer Maroussia Mbaye, who has documented the lives of women who have committed infanticide.
 
The Guardian

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