AfroPop Season 9 – Omo Child (Trailer)
Directed by John Rowe, “Omo Child” follows one man’s journey to bring about a progressive cultural shift that will end the killing of children in the Omo Valley.
In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.
Under Kara tradition, any child born with the feared mingi curse must be sacrificed. “Every mingi child must be killed. We do this for the protection of our people” explains Dore Akir, leader of the Kara. A baby is Mingi if it is born out of wedlock, without the blessing of the elders, or if its teeth emerge in a specific order, and any child with the curse is sacrificed shortly after birth, or often left to die in the forest.
This practice of killing mingi children is ingrained in the Kara culture, and has taken place for generations. But now Lale Labuko, one of the first of the tribe to receive a formal education, has returned to the village to end the practice and save the ‘cursed’ children.