Saving Africa’s Witch Children


A while ago, I put up a post entitled ‘The Child Witches of Nigeria’. In that post, I talked about how the Church in a certain geographical region of Nigeria had failed in protecting children. In fact, some of those churches actively participated in the torture and stigmatization of children after labelling them as witches and wizards responsible for family misfortune in an area where disease and inadequate infrastructure is more likely to cause death than any so-called witchcraft. I cannot do justice to this deep issue with my writing but I can share the link and encourage you to watch this documentary for yourself. Trust me, you will be left with righteous anger at the injustice these vulnerable children face. Your prayer points will probably increase after watching this documentary. It is amazing how far the word of God can be twisted and manipulated for the selfish gains of a few to very devastating effect.

Link to documentary: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od#3008630

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4 Responses to Saving Africa’s Witch Children

  1. Carly says:

    Stepping Stones Nigeria (whose Director, Gary Foxcroft, is in the documentary) and their Nigerian partner organisations have launched a global campaign to Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT).

    Witchcraft is often seen as the source of problems within Nigerian society with vulnerable children being the group most at risk of witchcraft accusations. Children stigmatised as witches face abandonment by their families and communities, torture, public humiliation, disgrace and even murder.

    PACT aims to bring long-term positive social chaneg to vulnerable Nigerian children, particularly those who’ve been accused of witchcraft, are at risk from traffickers or have been abused. I urge you to stand with us to Prevent Abuse of Children Today – please sign the PACT petition and see the website to find out more about how you can help: http://www.makeapact.org thank you.

  2. Watchman says:

    Thank you very much for this Carly. Guys let’s not just pass on the responsibility. Let’s make a pact to do something about this! Click on the link above.

  3. Carmel says:

    Please stand up for the rights of children by taking part in our Blog Day, Wednesday December 14th, in support of the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) campaign.

    We know that you have already blogged in support of child rights and Stepping Stones Nigeria. We’re so grateful for this and hope that you will support us again by joining in with our Blog Day.

    Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) is a global campaign set up by the UK-based child rights charity Stepping Stones Nigeria and our Nigerian partner organisations. PACT aims to bring long-term positive social change to vulnerable children in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, particularly those at risk of witchcraft accusations, abuse and trafficking.

    To help spread the word about the PACT campaign we wanted to invite some of our favourite bloggers to blog about your happiest childhood memory or best experience with children. We’d love for you to blog about this specifically in response to the following statement:

    ‘Every child has the right to happiness’

    We want to celebrate children by focusing on our positive experiences of being a child or being around children. After all, every child deserves to have those happy experiences and that is what we’re fighting for through PACT.
    If you are interested we would love you to take part in our Blog Day. To do so please do the following:

    1. Write your blog post on December 14th

    2. At the end of your post please add this statement:
    “This post is part of a series inspired by the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) campaign, hosted by Stepping Stones Nigeria. Please add your name to the PACT petition to prevent abuse of innocent children in the Niger Delta and visit the site to find out more: http://www.makeapact.org

    3. If you want to take part please leave a comment on this blog post or drop us an email.

    4. Please ask others to get involved!

    The Blog Day badge is available to add to your post today. Please email me to receive this.

    Let us know when you post and we’ll feature it on the PACT site and facebook.

    Thanks for taking the time to learn about PACT and happy blogging!

    Kind Regards,

    Carmel

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