Troupe dance saves babies

The OYO dance troupe announced the premiere of its new piece, ‘The Dark Medea’, at the Goethe Centre on Wednesday 21 August at 19 00. This stage show is be performed by the dance troupe, with guests Nancy Roberts and Emily Gibbs from the UK. The Darke Medea is an exercise in sensitisation to bring attention to baby dumping.
Statistics about baby dumping in Namibia are rising. Baby dumping is the abandonment of newborn babies, often in isolated areas. Babies are abandoned in dustbins, flushed down toilets or let to die in the veld. In 2010 UNICEF reported that in Windhoek alone, thirteen dead babies were found every month at the sewage works. This figure is on the increase. But what can lead a mother to dump her baby to a certain death? And why is this phenomenon growing in our society? The killing of one’s baby is often referred to as infanticide or filicide. In Greek mythology, Medea embodies a mother killing her children. But why did Medea kill her children? It is revenge against a husband who didn’t love her anymore? Is it madness towards a community that didn’t care? Is it the act of despair of a lonely woman who couldn’t handle it all on her own? There have been many theories, and many artists have tried to understand Medea. Thousands of years later, in Namibia, it seems that the questions remain the same. What do you do when you are a teenage mother and there’s nobody around to guide you? What do you do when the father runs away, and the community blames you? What choices does she still have nd why is it that the young woman gets stuck while the father go unpunished?