The high rate of infant mortality and child deaths in Alto do Cruzeiro seems to bee a commination of economic factors, like low wages and no government help, along with a traditional belief that it was in Jesus’s plan to not let the ill=fated child survive. While the infant deaths are avoidable, they are seemingly rationalized by either being taken by “madness”, or the child never having a chance to survive. This seems to be a rationalization to keep the mother’s from experiencing a breakdown. In reality, these deaths are a result of neglect and malnourishment, albeit it being forced by the environmental factors of it. The women of Alto do Cruzeiro seem indifferent to the deaths of their own child. This is quite strange and worrying, as we are told that a mother’s love and nurturing comes naturally with the birth of a child. However, it is a combination of government and social behaviors that make it easier to accept the death of the child for the mother.
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- Spring '16
- Alto, child deaths