'Child-witches' of Nigeria seek refuge - Telegraph:
"Before being pushed out of their homes many were beaten or slashed with knives, thrown onto fires, or had acid poured over them as a punishment or in an attempt to make them 'confess' to being possessed. In one horrific case, a young girl called Uma had a three-inch nail driven into her skull"who could do this to a child??
And people wonder why the numbers are so low for actual magical folk ... who would want to stand up and profess that they belong to a life-style that evokes such a reaction? Look what happens to the 'innocent'?
" ... Many of those branded "child-witches" are murdered - hacked to death with machetes, poisoned, drowned, or buried alive in an attempt to drive Satan out of their soul.
The devil's children are "identified" by powerful religious leaders at extremist churches where Christianity and traditional beliefs have combined to produce a deep-rooted belief in, and fear of, witchcraft.
The priests spread the message that child-witches bring destruction, disease and death to their families. And they say that, once possessed, children can cast spells and contaminate others. "
the real culprit in all this -- greed. The 'priests' (don't get them confused with anything from the Catholic church ... these are local crackpots) charge the families to 'exorcise' their kids -- its institutionalized child abuse it what it is!
These poor families, not only for having to watch their kids go thru this but income wise too, really have no choice -- the priests have become the bullies in the area, beating their kids for a year's income!!
"Mrs Ukpabio, a mother of three, also wrote a popular book which tells parents how to identify a witch. For children under two years old, she says, the key signs of a servant of Satan are crying and screaming in the night, high fever and worsening health - symptoms that can be found among many children in an impoverished region with poor health care. "
Gee, imagine that ... a child under 2 crying during the night ... or running a fever ... I've always called this um - an EAR INFECTION!!!And she's a mother??? Wonder how she would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and someone accused HER of being a witch (well, she's evil and more of a Warlock) or one of her children? Do you think she would have a quick successful exocism or do you think she would carry it out?
This is soooo sad -- but what can be done? As long as this woman is given the power there isn't much that can be done.
The more I hear of what is being done in Jesus' name -- the more I wonder about religion ... you have to wonder which Bible these people claim to use, none I have even owned or seen says anything about torturing children or witches ... there is however a story of where a witch was used as a good thing .... the Witch of Endora if I remember correctly (and the only reason I know this is because of the interviews/trivia about "Bewitched").
The things humans do to each other -- no wonder God flooded the earth.