Monday, October 19, 2009

Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured

Thousands of Youngsters Denounced by Renegade Churches as Practicing Witchcraft Have Suffered, Died From Exorcisms

(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. MORE HERE.

  • Accused child witches Jane (left) and Mary (right), standing with other children accused of witchcraft, at the Children's Rights and Rehabilitation Network in Eket, Nigeria on Aug. 18, 2009. Jane's mother tried to saw off the top of her skull after a pastor denounced her. Mary, 15, is just beginning to think about boys and how they will look at the scar tissue on her face caused when her mother doused her in caustic soda. Photo

    Accused child witches Jane (left) and Mary (right), standing with other children accused of witchcraft, at the Children's Rights and Rehabilitation Network in Eket, Nigeria on Aug. 18, 2009. Jane's mother tried to saw off the top of her skull after a pastor denounced her. Mary, 15, is just beginning to think about boys and how they will look at the scar tissue on her face caused when her mother doused her in caustic soda. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)


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