Churches involved in torture, murder of thousands of African children denounced as witches

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Comment by Reggie on October 17, 2009 at 10:33pm
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EKET, Nigeria (AP) — The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him — Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."


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Comment by Danielle on October 18, 2009 at 1:07pm
A lot the media coverage about this (which isn't nearly enough of - people care more about balloon boy than children being tortured in Africa - disgusting, but a whole different rant) mention people going over there and trying to sway the public's opinion about these witch children, it doesn't seem that any of them are mentioning the fact that they are there on the behalf of any Christian church. You think they'd be the first to go over there and want to tell the African churches they're doing it wrong, maybe they would actually listen to them, at least more so than to the people who are not religiously affiliated going over there. But it doesn't seem like enough of them are paying any attention. It's so so sad.

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