Beautiful Mingi

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
OMO CHILD rescues and cares for Mingi children from the Omo Valley tribal region of Southwest Ethiopia. Since 2008, we have been rescuing children deemed Mingi (or “cursed”) from certain death, providing them with a safe, loving home and a quality education. OMO CHILD also works to end the devastating practice of Mingi. - See more at: http://omochild.org/#sthash.e5Pz74w8.dpuf
OMO CHILD rescues and cares for Mingi children from the Omo Valley tribal region of Southwest Ethiopia. Since 2008, we have been rescuing children deemed Mingi (or “cursed”) from certain death, providing them with a safe, loving home and a quality education. OMO CHILD also works to end the devastating practice of Mingi. - See more at: http://omochild.org/#sthash.e5Pz74w8.dpuf""

"Mingi" children are considered cursed in their Omo Valley communities. If allowed to remain, they may bring drought, famine, disease or death. Tribes such as the Kara and Banna have now ended the killing of Mingi, but superstition and fear remain in other tribes.

This beautiful girl is Mingi.

During my recent visit to Ethiopia, we visited Omo Child, an organization dedicated to saving, housing, feeding and educating Mingi children and educating communities to end the Mingi practice.

Our group was moved to support this organization's mission. Should you be interested in learning more, visit http://omochild.org/ .

Some of the tribes believe evil spirits or a “curse” will bring ill fortune (drought, famine, disease and death) to their villages if Mingi children are not killed.

Because tribal elders believe Mingi children’s presence on the land curses the tribe, they have mandated the killing of all Mingi children. The practice was recently ended in the Kara tribe, due in large part to the efforts of Lale Labuko and OMO CHILD. Unfortunately, Mingi is still practiced by the Hamer tribe.

A child can be declared Mingi for the following reasons — Teeth Mingi, Girl Mingi, Woman Mingi and Twin Mingi. Being declared Mingi almost always means death of the child. The tribe will leave the child alone in the bush without food and water or will drown the child in the river.

- See more at: http://omochild.org/about-mingi/mingi/#sthash.ZUpxUOG7.dpuf


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