Katowice, Poland – The mayor of Miejsce Odrzańskie, a small village in the south of Poland, is offering to reward the first local couple who gives birth to a son.
Why, you may ask?
The majority of Miejsce Odrzańskie’s 300 inhabitants are female. In fact, no one knows why, but only girls have been born there in almost a decade, and the last boy to have been born in the village, and who still lives there, is already 12-years-old…
Not just a recent anomaly
After checking historical records and reviewing registered birth certificates, Rajmund Frischko, the mayor of the commune of Cisek, which includes the village, recently told Polish reporters that rare male births in his town are not just a recent anomaly.
“We looked into it further, reviewing birth certificates,” he said. “I think that what the older residents say is confirmed. Girls are constantly born and the birth of boys is rare. Explaining this puzzle will not be easy.”
Tomasz Golasz, head of the local volunteer fire brigade claims that “this has been going on for several decades”.
“I came to the village, took a local girl for my wife and we had two daughters. I would like to have a son but it’s probably unrealistic,” he added. “My neighbor also tried and has two daughter. I don’t think women give birth to boys here.”
A crazy situation that has gotten a little out of hand
News of the unusual sex rate discrepancy in Miejsce Odrzańskie went viral in Poland this week when the village sent an all-girl team to a regional competition for young volunteer firefighters. Since then, the situation in the village is said to have gotten “a little crazy and out of hand”.
According to the New York Times, on a recent visit, four separate television crews had been dispatched to the one-road town, with 96 houses, to cover the case of the missing males.
“Some scientists have expressed interest in examining why only girls have been born here,” says mayor Rajmund Frischko. “I also have doctors calling me from all over the country with tips on how to conceive a boy.”
This attracted the attention of Professor Rafał Płoski, Head of the Department of Medical Genetics at the Medical University of Warsaw. “First you should check if the girl’s parents are not related to each other, even to a very distant extent,” Płoski declared. “The next step is to conduct an accurate interview with parents and children, check the environmental conditions. Only then can some trail appear.”
A good incentive to get busy trying
Until an answer is found, mayor Rajmund Frischko, who also has two daughters, has offered to reward the parents of the first boy to be born in Miejsce Odrzańskie.
He told state broadcaster TVP1: “I think the situation is unusual and it is worth trying to find out why. For my part, I have decided to reward the parents of the first boy born. I will not reveal exactly how, but I assure you that the gift will be attractive.”
“There has been so much talk about us in the media that for a minute there I was considering naming a street after the next boy born here,” he also said. “He will definitely get a very nice gift. And we will plant an oak and name it after him.”
A good incentive to get busy trying then.
Like so many other Polish villages, Miejsce Odrzańskie has seen a steep decline in population. After World War II, it had about 1,200 inhabitants; now there are 272.