Mali Infanticide

In this June 25, 2011, photo, prisoners collect water outside their living quarters at the Bolle women’s prison in Bamako, Mali. More than 20-per cent of the women inmates in this prison are convicted of infanticide or attempted infanticide. The offenders are mainly young women who have come to the capital from villages to take up cooking and cleaning work for wealthier families. In Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, abortion is illegal, contraception rare, and young domestic workers are vulnerable to abuse. Afraid to lose their jobs and be scorned by their families, some young women will do anything to rid themselves of the baby. (AP Photo/Martin Vogl)