Tag: children accused of witchcraft

In many countries adults and children alike are falsely accused of witchcraft.

Most of the accusations stem from superstitious beliefs. But so-called ‘Christian’ pastors — in their quest for money and power — also are involved.

Nigeria sees rise in number of children accussed of witchcraft

Nigeria children Increasingly Nigerian children accused of witchcraft are tortured, murdered or abandoned. The director of one child protection agency says the teachings of some churches are partly to blame.

“Churches have strong influence on people and some church leaders get some parents to sheepishly believe that their kids are witches and wizards. This is the focus of most of these churches, which have departed from preaching righteousness and salvation of souls to stigmatisation of children as witches and wizards.”

Girls had many questions about witchcraft, pastor says

Two young sisters who were murdered during a ritual slaying Sunday knew more about witchcraft then they should have for their age, a local pastor said. Pastor Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach said Kendra Suing, 10, and Alysha Suing, 8, bombarded a bus driver for the church with questions after a summer lesson about the sinfulness of practicing witchcraft.

African children at risk of ritual abuse

Considered conduits of God by some, traditional spiritual healers claim to be able help return a loved one, cure impotency and infertility, help advance your career and even make you wealthy. One such spiritualist says he can cast away evil influences and bad luck, another will break voodoo and black magic curses and several others offer exorcisms. Concern has been growing about the impact on children of such ritual practices.

Witchcraft study prompts action

Action to tackle child abuse linked to “witchcraft” accusations has been stepped up following a report into the issue, the government says. The government-commissioned study into cases among UK African communities said belief in witchcraft was widespread. But the number of child abuse cases as a result was small compared with the overall figure, researchers said. Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes said any cases of abuse would not be tolerated. “Child abuse can never be acceptable in any culture, any community, in any circumstance,” Ms Hughes said. A comprehensive multi-agency strategy had already been put in place to speed up identification

‘Witch child’ abuse spreads in Britain

50 cases suspected in London alone An official inquiry into the abuse of African children branded as witches is expected to conclude that there have been at least 50 such cases over five years in London alone. The investigation is expected to find that cases of sorcery-related abuse are now spreading outside the capital to areas such as Liverpool, Newcastle and parts of Yorkshire — although they remain confined to only a minority of Africans in Britain. The abuse of the children has ranged from shouting to beating, starving, slashing with knives and razors and, in at least one case,

Witchcraft and the ‘missing’ report

Last year, stories emerged that African preachers were sacrificing children in secret church ceremonies in the UK. Today, we still don’t know the full truth behind those claims – and African churches say the government isn’t doing more to help them root out child abusers posing as Christian leaders. No one who last June heard the story of “Child B” would have failed to have been moved. The eight-year-old child, brought to the UK from Angola, was beaten, cut and had chilli rubbed in her eyes after her aunt and two others believed she was a witch. The girl’s aunt,

D.R. Congo: Children Increasingly Accused of Sorcery, Abused and Abandoned

Election Poses Dangers for Street Children (Kinshasa, April 4, 2006) — As presidential elections approach, Congo’s tens of thousands of street children risk political manipulation and physical harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In recent years, leaders of political parties have enlisted street children to create public disorder in mass demonstrations. In many cases, the security forces have responded to these protests with excessive use of force, leading to the death and injury of dozens of children. The 72-page report, “What Future? Street Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (http://hrw.org/reports/2006/drc0406/),” documents how security officials and

Thousands of child ‘witches’ turned on to the streets to starve

Kinshasa sects make fortunes from exorcisms Naomi is 15 but looks 10. A horrible burn scar shrivels the skin across her chest and shoulder. She had a broken leg, now reset. But her face is calm; she speaks clearly. The physical scars are nothing compared with the trauma she has been through. She is one of the so-called child witches of Kinshasa, rejected by her family and community at six years old and left to survive on the streets. Once she had four siblings and lived with her parents across the river in Brazzaville. Her father died and then her

Pastor is arrested after inquiry into claims of cruelty to ‘child witches’

A London-based pastor has been arrested on suspicion of inciting child cruelty following an investigation into allegations of witchcraft at an evangelical Congolese church in Tottenham. Dr Dieudonne Tukala, 46, from the Church of Christ Mission, is being questioned over claims that he diagnosed several children as “witches“, advising their parents to beat the devil out of them or send them back to the Democratic Republic of Congo so that he could pray for them to be killed. His arrest yesterday morning came after a BBC investigation into the belief in witchcraft within Britain’s African community. In reports broadcast on