Risky Genes: Births Defects through Cousin Marriages in Pakistan

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Intermarriages are still common tradition in rural Pakistan. According to a latest UK study, high levels of cousin marriages within Pakistani communities doubled the risk of birth defects.

  • €14,620 Budget in Euros
  • 2018-12-31 Final release date
  • 4 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 4 Durations in months

Risky Genes: Births Defects through Cousin Marriages in Pakistan

This reporting project focuses on intermarriages, which are still a common tradition in rural Pakistan. According to a recent UK study, high levels of cousin marriages within Pakistani communities double the risk of birth defects. The journalist will describe the possible consequences of intermarriages such as blindness, deafness, mutism or asthma. She will also show that the treatment for a person with disabilities is at the bottom of a long list of needs of a family and that the future for these children looks bleak.

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