Tonight I viewed a docudrama called “Hakani” with it’s director and producer, David Cunningham. I instantly connected with his heart and passion regarding this issue of infanticide in Brazil. I pray that his work will cause people who view it to become abolitionist who take a stand and save thousands of children.
What is infanticide?
The popular expression used to refer to the murder of unwanted children, the term infanticide takes us back to a problem as old as humanity itself, registered all over the world throughout history.
Violence against children is a sad mark of modern society, registered in all social layers and in all around the world. In the case of indigenous children in Brazil, the added difficulty is that they cannot count on the same protection as other children, because culture is valued more than life and their voices are muffled out by the mantle of belief in unalterable and static cultures.
The following contains indigenous nudity and some disturbing images
This is the story of Hakani – whose name means “smile” – one of hundreds of children who are targeted for death each year amongst Brazil’s 200 plus indigenous tribes. Physical or mental handicaps, being born a twin or triplet or being born out of wedlock – all are considered valid reasons for taking a child’s life.
Forgive me, the Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to the Indians. The Constitution does not apply to the Indians. – Congressman Francisco Praciano (PT-AM)