As is the case elsewhere in Africa, many Congolese hold traditional animist beliefs and use spells, fetishes and charms to practise witchcraft, often combined with other religions like Christianity or Islam.
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