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February 14, 2007

A request for help

Yesterday, we received a request for help from an indigenous grandfather called Jakumá Ikpeng. He had heard about our fight for the right of rejected children and came to ask us for help. Jakumá's problem is very serious indeed. His daughter, Simagu, gave birth to triplets. This is considered a terrible curse for the Waurá people (Jakumá's wife's tribe). These children are never be saved; nobody is allowed to even look at them; they are buried alive, immediately after birth.

In this case, something different happened. As Jakumá is from the Ikpeng tribe, he didn't want to bury the children. .. His people believe that ever child is a gift from God, but, his wife doesn't think the same way. This caused a problem in the family. The agreement being that the saved children will live outside of the tribe until they learn how to walk.

So, Jakumá came to Brasília for the first time. Even though he is extremely proud of his grandchildren, he is very afraid about what might happen to them. He asked if we would be able to provide a small case in the city closest to the tribe, so that children and their parents might remain together for the first year. He also asked for help with diapers (nappies), milk, baby clothes, etc.the family is not capable of nurturing these babies on their own outside of the tribe.

We need to do something urgently. These babies are loved by their parents, aunts and uncles and by their grandfather - they cannot be buried! Their parents are very young and need help. Jakumá said that he sought the help of FUNAI (National Indigenous Foundation) and FUNASA (National Health Foundation), but they were unable to help. We are thinking about renting a house in Canarana (in the state of Mato Grosso) and raising up a group of supporters to help with the expenses involved in looking after the children. Get involved! Help save three lives! Get into contact with us.

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