Shame on These People’s — Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured
Shame on These People’s — They are not humans……
Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured
(Photo — 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.)))))
His 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.
Nwanaokwo 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.
Some 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 defenseless."
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)
Nigeria 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.
(Photo 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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To 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 be in eternity, IN HELL??? WAKE UP!!!!!!!!, STOP YOUR SATANIC PRACTICES RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!
from – Hemant Khurana .
IT IS A BIG SHAME ON THE WHOLE MANKIND >>>>