Category Archives: child witches

In Congo, pastors subject kids to rituals that include beating, burning

USA Today, 21 May 2009

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Isaac Mananga, 10, and his half sister Chanel, 7, knelt on the dirt floor of the church, staring up at the pastor through scared, confused eyes. Continue reading


Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt

Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian, 9 Dec. 2007

The rainy season is over and the Niger Delta is lush and humid. This southern edge of West Africa, where Nigeria’s wealth pumps out of oil and gas fields to bypass millions of its poorest people, is a restless place. In the small delta state of Akwa Ibom, the tension and the poverty has delivered an opportunity for a new and terrible phenomenon that is leading to the abuse and the murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. And it is being done in the name of Christianity. Continue reading

Killing of women, child “witches” on rise, U.N. told

23 Sept. 2009, Robert Evans

GENEVA (Reuters) – Murder and persecution of women and children accused of being witches is spreading around the world and destroying the lives of millions of people, experts said Wednesday. Continue reading

Hundreds of children being accused of witchcraft as belief in demonic possession spreads across UK

Mail Online, Rob Cooper, 14 May 2011

Hundreds of witchcraft abuse cases are going unreported across the country each year, it has been revealed. Continue reading

Torment of Africa’s ‘child witches’ (UK, DRC)

Sunday Times, Richard Hoskins, 5 Feb. 2006

Londres was like any other 12-year-old black child in London — the city that gave him his nickname. He lived in Tottenham with his mother, a single parent. He was passionate about football and especially Manchester United’s charismatic winger Cristiano Ronaldo. One of his most prized possessions was his red Man U shirt.

He was cheeky and streetwise and had an irrepressible sense of humour. He got into trouble and messed up at school a bit. He could sometimes be a trial to his mother. He was also a witch. Continue reading

Nigeria: Akwa Ibom ‘Child-Witches’ – the Man Behind the Abuse

Leadership Weekend, Ozioma Ubabukoh and Bernard Tolani Dada, 31 January 2009

Abuja — The terrible practice of brutalising children to death, or abandoning them to roam the streets like lost souls, begging bowls in hand, soliciting for alms in order to survive is probably about to end, thanks to the misfortune a self-styled bishop, Sunday Okon Williams has encountered. Continue reading

Children Of Akwa Ibom State And Governor Godswill Akpabio – A Note (Nigeria)

Nigerian Village Square, Dr Olusegun Fakoya, 23 Sept. 2010

I am immensely disturbed by reports emanating from Akwa Ibom state on the vitriolic action of the state government against the activists of the child witchcraft problem in the state. In particular, the state government was reported to have directed the immediate arrest of both Gary Foxcroft and Sam Itauma, leaders of Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) and Stepping Stone Nigeria (SSN), the two NGOs actively involved in focussing world attention on the plight of innocent children in that state. Continue reading