Montag, 22. September 2008

Stepping Stones Nigeria:

Our work focuses on some of the most challenging issues that children face today such as: ... Stigmatisation, abandonment and killings of so-called child “witches” (via Nemeton)

Search: "Kinderhexen" , "child witches"

Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt

Evangelical pastors are helping to create a terrible new campaign of violence against young Nigerians. Children and babies branded as evil are being abused, abandoned and even murdered while the preachers make money out of the fear of their parents and their communities

Thousands of child 'witches' turned on to the streets to starve
Kinshasa sects make fortunes from exorcisms

'In African culture, when something goes wrong, we ask the spirits to find the human cause,' Mafu explains. 'These days children are accused. They can be persuaded to accept it's their fault. They tell themselves "it is me, I am evil".'

Then there are the new fundamentalist Christian sects, of which there are thousands in Kinshasa. They make money out of identifying 'witches' and increasingly parents bring troublesome children to the pastors. 'It's a business,' says Mafu. 'For a fee of $5 or $10 they investigate the children and confirm they are possessed. For a further fee they take the child and exorcise them, often keeping them without food for days, beating and torturing them to chase out the devil.'
Kinderhexen, Hexenprozesse, Hexenhammer etc.