Shame on These People’s — Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured

Shame on These People’s — Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured

                                                                                  Shame on These People’s — They are not humans……

                                                                                      Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured

— Accused child witches Jane (left) and Mary (right), standing with
other children accused of witchcraft, at the Children’s Rights and
Rehabilitation Network in Eket, Nigeria on Aug. 18, 2009. Jane’s mother
tried to saw off the top of her skull after a pastor denounced her.
Mary, 15, is just beginning to think about boys and how they will look
at the scar tissue on her face caused when her mother doused her in
caustic soda. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(AP) The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.)))))

family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then
tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he
struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had
strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him
– Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of
witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family
members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children"
reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international
franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation,
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

"It is an outrage what
they are allowing to take place in the name of Christianity," said Gary
Foxcroft, head of nonprofit Stepping Stones Nigeria.

For their
part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even
relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor
education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered
by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a
pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United
Nations Children’s Fund.

"When communities come under pressure,
they look for scapegoats," he said. "It plays into traditional beliefs
that someone is responsible for a negative change … and children are

The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it
has taken on new life recently, partly because of a rapid growth in
evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around
15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria’s 36 states over
the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month
alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and
another three were set on fire.

(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United
Nations Children’s Fund says tens of thousands of children have been
targeted throughout Africa.

2 – Left: This Aug. 18, 2009 photo in a Akwa Ibom hospital shows
Nwanaokwo Edet, 9, whose father forced him to drink acid after the
family’s pastor denounced the child as a witch. He died from his
injuries one month later.)

Church signs sprout around every
twist of the road snaking through the jungle between Uyo, the capital
of the southern Akwa Ibom state where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to
many more rejected "witch children." Churches outnumber schools,
clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner’s
material worries as well as spiritual ones – eight out of ten Nigerians
struggle by on

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all of you who are abandoning, torturing or killing children for
hallucinated ‘witchcraft’: WAKE UP!!!! You could not be a Christian and
believe in witchcraft – no even a smallest of a smallest chance for it!
You – like everyone must die one day and you will be judged by GOD!
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!!!!!!!! Please ask yourselves where you want to
RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

from – Hemant Khurana .



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