Category Archives: Democratic Republic of Congo

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

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Penis theft panic hits city (DRC)

Reuters, Joe Bavier, KINSHASA | Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:06pm EDT

(Reuters) – Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Continue reading


Penis snatch witchcraft panic hits Congo

April 26, 2008, Reuters

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

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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


Africa: Child Abuse And Persecution Of Children

Nigerian Village Square, Olusegun Fakoya, 18 Nov. 2008

Africa abounds with various forms of child abuses, most arising from prevalent poverty and ignorance. This notwithstanding, the paramount role of the child in the African setting has never been in question. However, the traditional African belief and attitude to children has been successfully fractured by those who have deliberately perverted traditional belief and infused it with a distorted dose of Christianity. In the words of Professor Richard Hoskins (Kings College University, London), a noted expert on the phenomenon of Child Witches, “the phenomenon (of child witches) appears to spring from a new Frankenstein religion, an unholy marriage of perverted Christianity and an ingrained African belief in the spirit world, fuelled by the grinding poverty and desperate need of the people of West and Central African cities”. Continue reading


Congo’s children battle witchcraft accusations

22 Jul 2010, Reuters, Katrina Manson

KINSHASA, July 22 (Reuters) – When Pascal’s little brother got sick, his family accused him of witchcraft and took him to a pastor who forced him to drink pigeon’s blood and oil. Continue reading


Thousands of child ‘witches’ turned on to the streets to starve. Kinshasa sects make fortunes from exorcisms (DRC)

The Guardian, Richard Dowden, 12 Feb. 2006

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. Continue reading