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Infanticide And Attempted Infanticide Common Crimes Among Inmates In Malian Capital's Women's Prison

“Infanticide or attempted infanticide has become the most common crime after theft and assault among inmates at the prison for women and girls” in Mali’s capital city Bamako, the Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In Mali, “one of the poorest countries in the world, abortion is illegal and UNICEF estimates only eight percent of Malian women use contraception,” the news agency notes. The article examines how “Muso Danbe, an organization that supports women and girls working as domestic workers,” and education programs at the prison are assisting affected women gain employment after having babies or upon their release from prison (Vogl, 7/22).