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‘Child-witches’ of Nigeria seek refuge

Posted in News by Skepdude on November 10, 2008

Mary is a pretty five-year-old girl with big brown eyes and a father who kicked her out onto the streets in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Her crime: the local priest had denounced her as a witch and blamed her “evil powers” for causing her mother’s death.

Ostracised, vulnerable and frightened, she wandered the streets in south-eastern Nigeria, sleeping rough, struggling to stay alive.

Mary was found by a British charity worker and today lives at a refuge in Akwa Ibom province with 150 other children who have been branded witches, blamed for all their family’s woes, and abandoned. Before being pushed out of their homes many were beaten or slashed with knives, thrown onto fires, or had acid poured over them as a punishment or in an attempt to make them “confess” to being possessed. In one horrific case, a young girl called Uma had a three-inch nail driven into her skull.

Yet Mary and the others at the shelter are the lucky ones for they, at least, are alive. Many of those branded “child-witches” are murdered – hacked to death with machetes, poisoned, drowned, or buried alive in an attempt to drive Satan out of their soul.


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  1. poto wilma said, on November 12, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    if nigerians believe that every hardship is of the witches; what of the politicians that are causing the poverty and hardship.

    poverty alone can make man get confused and die of an unknown sickness or any disease at all.

  2. nollywoodforever said, on November 14, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    This all stems from religion and in Nigerian culture everything seems to be ruled by it.

  3. Ekuson Debango said, on November 15, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    I wonder if the corrupt Nigerian politicians(from top down) are sponsoring this nonsense to divert attention from their own ineptitude. I mean if a little child is to blame for any bad omen in their own family,the politician now have an excuse for their shortcoming in growing the poverty industry in Nigeria. I am afraid the other equally inept state governors will only learn from these revelations as a way out of their own looting proclivities. I have seen the videos and as far as the state governments are not doing anything to protect innocent children they are eqally culpable in the crime.What a shame indeed!!

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