Can we ever understand the reasons why a child has to die?

Infanticide, or the intentional killing of a child under 12 months, has been practised by all societies throughout history. It has been estimated that up to half of babies that were born in prehistoric societies in Europe were killed. This was probably to make sure there were enough resources for those that survived. In many countries, in areas of extreme poverty or overpopulation this still happens today.

At different times in our history the death of a child has been an economic necessity and at others a tragedy. The loss of a child, even before they are born, can bring unbearable grief for the parents. When a child dies through neglect or abuse our society can feel a responsibility that not enough was done to protect them.