June 18, 2013

Cousin marriages: tradition versus taboo

As many question the practice based on the health risks, what is the way forward?
Consanguineous marriage, or inter-family marriage, is a practice steeped in culture, tradition and economics. But many question it and the health risks that are posed. In this battle of tradition versus science what is the way forward? A deeper understanding of the health effects of cousin marriage and better medical care for the children or banning these unions altogether? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Quy-Toan Do
Economist, World Bank

Michael Woodley
Evolutionary psychologist

Ohad Birk
Head of Genetics Institute, Soroka University Medical Center

Mohamed Hemish @MohamedHemish
Freelance writer

Anisah Bagasra & Sajid Saleem
Married cousins
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