Churches denounce African children as "witches"

This is a problem. Now, I'm not one to say that churches are the problem...

Yes I am.

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.


Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner's material worries as well as spiritual ones — eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than $2 a day.

"Poverty must catch fire," insists the Born 2 Rule Crusade on one of Uyo's main streets.

"Where little shots become big shots in a short time," promises the Winner's Chapel down the road.

"Pray your way to riches," advises Embassy of Christ a few blocks away.

It's hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.

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Wickle said...

Is it okay if I swear in the comments on this blog? I don't remember ... I really want to. I'll edit carefully instead.

Where in the Bible does it say anything about pushing acid into someone's throat to perform an exorcism?

"It's hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft."

God forbid they go to someplace where they're actually needed and could do some good, right?

Right now, I'd sort of like to pour acid down someone's throat ... these "pastors" make witches look good.

Brent said...

That's disgusting. I don't remember acid pouring being a fruit of the spirit.

Peter said...

This is a safe place to swear, as long as it's not in poor taste... if that makes sense.

The only comment I've deleted on my site in more than a year was an angry, violent comment laced with physical threats and expletives.

But as for this article? These fuckers deserve some shit. But what do we do? If we STILL haven't been able to mobilize real, substantive intervention in Darfur, clearly it's going to take non-governmental efforts to affect real change in the world...

...unless we can prove there is oil in every nation these atrocities are happening...

Peter said...

The problem is it's hard to stay outraged for very long when my couch is so comfortable, and there's so much good stuff on TV.

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