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Brazilian Girl, 9, Becomes Mother

A 9-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in the western Amazon jungle, a pregnancy that authorities say may have been the result of rape, the National Indian Bureau said today, July 7.

The girl was found in the jungle in April by laborers working on a natural gas pipeline from the Coari oil fields to Manaus, a city of 1.5 million people 1,800 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, said the bureau, known as Funai.

She was taken to Manaus and went into labor on Thursday. The baby, weighing 4.9 pounds was delivered by Caesarean section and reportedly was in good health, said Daniele Santos of the Funai press office.

The mother, of the Apurina tribe, has refused to speak, and the identity of the infant’s father was unknown, Santos said.

"In some cultures it’s natural for girls to have sexual relations after their first menstruation, but now we have to study if that was the case here, if their culture permits this," Santos said.

Mother and child were to remain under medical care for a month and then return to their village in Jaturana, about 75 miles (120 kms) from Manaus, she said.

"It’s very rare, and we have to investigate whether it was rape," said Marina Mota, a press officer for the National Health Foundation. "The tribe wasn’t that isolated, and had a lot of contact" with outside cultures.

National census figures show Brazil has about 700,000 Indians. Most of them live in the northern Amazon rain forest.

Pravda – www.pravda.ru

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  • Mukesh Patel

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    katyp13@hotmail.com
    Leave them alone! How much more need does the Euro/Amers feel they need to control the world with their self righteous policies?
    Let the Natives govern their own as they have for the last 50 K years.
    It’s amazing that for 50,000 years those natives survived by their own laws without whiteman’s intervention.

    Jesus and the desciples offered the Judeo/Christian beliefs to everyone. They never jammed it down the throats of those they offered it to.

    BACK OFF!

  • Guest

    IMPREGNATE ALL 9 YEAR OLDS
    Yea, lets impregnate all 9 year olds as soon as they reach reproductive age.

    Weren’t the circumstance of this case mentioned or did you miss that, meaning lets find out first.

    I am all for indigenous cultures maintaining what they have practiced for centuries but how will one know what the circumstances of this incident is if it is not investigated thoroughly.

    Btw, I am not one that promotes child abuse or encourage this kind of behaviour and do believe that children should be protected where necessay since this is becoming prevelent worldwide, it that OK?

  • Guest

    Nik, fromUSA
    It is natural for all animals, including humans to become pregnant as soon as they reach reproductive age. Now we have European religous dictators forcing their ideology on cultures wo have survived superbly on their own for tens of thousands of years. Leave others alone. If they do not ask for your help, mind your own business.

  • Guest

    A MOTHER AT NINE?
    A mother at 9? This is like children having children? Whatever is the world coming to? Case like this appears to be happening everywhere so Brazil is NOT alone.

    I believe it is wise to find out the correct circumstances of this case to see whether it is a cultural practice, rape, incest or something else before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion just to be certain.

    However, if it does turn out to be a case of defilement which is an abomination. Then the Ministry of Health should investigate this incident as a matter of urgency and bring the perpetrator speedly to court who should be punished as a deterrant.

    Nevertheless, I hope Brazil gives this young CHILD all the help she can get as this is terrible and she is going to need it.

    This young child should be playing with barbie dolls or cindy , not raising a child this young because it is too much responsiblity.

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