Infanticide in the Amazon 23:00, 2008 (Ref: SA08623)


The Deni tribe lives deep in the jungle of the Amazon in Brazil. They and other tribes have the tradition to kill unwanted children after they are born. Handicapped babies are buried alive or killed by breaking their neck.

Missionary Márcia Suzuki tries to save these children by taking them from their tribe. Brazilian authorities are fiercely opposed to this and accuse Márcia of kidnapping.

The question is whether Indian culture should always be respected? And, does saving the lives of these children amount to destroying an age-old culture?

We film and speak with members of the tribe who have killed their children, the tribe’s medicine man, Márcia and the Brazilian government spokesman for Indian affairs.