[quote]FRUSTRATED women in Papua New Guinea’s Highland region are reportedly killing their male babies to end a tribal fight that has lasted for more than 20 years.
Two women from the Eastern Highlands told the PNG’s National newspaper of the slaughter during a three-day peace and reconciliation course in the region’s capital Goroka.
Rona Luke and Kipiyona Belas, each from two warring tribes, said the male infanticide reduces the cyclical payback violence infamous in Highlands tribal fights.
If women stopped producing males their tribe’s stock would go down and this would force the men to end their fight, they said choking back tears.
“All the womenfolk agreed to have all babies born killed because they have had enough of men engaging in tribal conflicts and bringing misery to them,” Ms Luke said.
The women could not give a figure on how many male babies had been killed.[/quote]