For as long as the Kara, Banna and Hamar tribes of Ethiopia have existed, they have practiced infanticide. Elders of the Kara tribe, for example, will kill a child if his top teeth grow in before his bottom teeth. The order in which the child’s teeth grow is, apparently, evidence that the child is cursed and must be killed. The tribes fear that failure to kill “cursed” children will bring ruin to the tribe in the form of drought, lack of food, and death of tribesmen. Today, local governments in Ethiopia have begun to imprison those tribesmen who participate in these killings, which has saved many children. However, the killings continue and in at least two cases, the women serving time for the crime are the women who gave birth to the children – not necessarily the persons guilty of murder (although if you ask either mother, she will say that it was her fault). The practice of infanticide and other rituals considered by the western world to be repugnant raises a lot of issues. Should we be telling a society that one of its rituals is wrong? Is it our place to say? Or is protecting the lives of children who cannot protect themselves more important?