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Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive
From Manesh Shrestha, CNN
updated 11:36 AM EST, Sat February 18, 2012
A shaman accused Dhegani Mahato of casting a spell to make a relative sick
Mahato's family members set her afire in front of her daughter, police say
Police arrested 10 people, including an 8-year-old boy
Map of Nepal showing the location of the remote village of Madi where the woman was burned alive (AFP/Graphic)
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.
Dhegani Mahato was attacked and set on fire by family members and others after a shaman allegedly accused her of casting a spell to make one of her relatives sick, Police Officer Hira Mani Baral said.
The attack occurred Friday in Bagauda in Chitwan district, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, Baral said by telephone.
Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.
"Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder," Baral said.
Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said.
She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report.
Neighbors told police they were alerted to the attack but by then it was too late to save her.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appealed to the people not to heed to shamans and faith healers.
The government announced 1 million Nepalese rupees (about $14,000) in compensation for Mahato's two children.
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In these tough economic times, even witches have to pay taxes, at least in Romania. And not all of them are happy about it.
Mind you, when witches protest, they don't just carry signs with amusing slogans, or toss something as innocuous as tea into the harbor. They do, according to the AP, throw poisonous mandrake into the Danube to cast spells on lawmakers.In these tough economic times, even witches have to pay taxes, at least in Romania.... more
In Benin there are all different types of monsters that roam the lands. There is one monster that stands out from the others, that is the Adze. The Adze is Benin's very own vampire.In Benin there are all different types of monsters that roam the lands. There is one... more
Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox review "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I," the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series. It stars a now-familiar cast led by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. Relative-Potter-novice Ellen enjoyed it, while Potterphile Brett felt cheated that the final book in the series has been split into two films, of which this is the first.
Rotten Tomatoes is a recurring infoMania segment dedicated to the movies. Join hosts Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox on Thursday nights at 11/10c on Current TV as they roll out updates on the latest Hollywood news and judge the freshness of studio blockbusters and independent hits. For more from Rotten Tomatoes: http://rottentomatoesshow.com
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Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox review "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part... more
- Chill Out Point
It is well known that in popular literature, comics and graphic arts, women warriors have always been a major inspiration of many fantastic artworks. There is something intriguing about a kickass woman fighting in this men dominated world. It is a start of a new era, an era where women are getting more and more powerful. This trend clearly reflects on modern art and fantasy 3D graphic designers. Is that the factor that makes these images so awesome?
The level that this graphic arts movement has reached is confirmed in this cool gallery of fantastic kickass women warriors.
note- this IS fun,....makes some of us want to break out the old " max-power" characters roll some dice and hack some trolls,....LOTS of trolls !
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By Christian Purefoy, CNN
August 25, 2010 5:09 p.m. EDT
Photo: Godswill was abandoned by his mom after being called a witch
Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria (CNN) -- Just after midnight, the pastor seized a woman's forehead with his large hand and she fell screaming and writhing on the ground. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" shouted the worshippers, raising their hands in the air.
Pastor Celestine Effiong's congregants are being delivered from what they firmly believe to be witchcraft. And in the darkness of the city and the villages beyond, similar shouts and screams echo from makeshift church to makeshift church.
"I have been delivered from witches and wizards today!" exclaimed one exhausted-looking woman.
Pastors in southeast Nigeria claim illness and poverty are caused by witches who bring terrible misfortune to those around them. And those denounced as witches must be cleansed through deliverance or cast out.
As daylight breaks, and we travel out to the rural villages it becomes apparent the most vulnerable to this stigmatization of witchcraft are children.
A crowd gathered around two brothers and their sister. Tears streamed down their mother's face as she cast out her children from the family, accusing them of causing the premature deaths of two of their siblings with black magic.
I was beaten by the prophet in the church.
--Samuel, 15, now homeless
"I am afraid. They are witches and they can kill me as well," she sobbed.
Taking his time to talk to the mother, Sam Ikpe-Itauma, an imposing man wearing a "Child's Rights & Rehabilitation Network" t-shirt, has come to try to rescue the three children.
"If we are not here there's a possibility of them being thrown into the river, buried alive or stabbed to death," Sam said.
He tries to persuade their mother and a crowd of villagers that the three children are not witches - but no one believes him. And so, putting the children in his white pick-up, he drives away to his orphanage and safety.
Sam runs Child's Rights & Rehabilitation Network, or CRARN -- an orphanage that supports nearly 200 children. All of them were accused of witchcraft and cast out by their families, often after being tortured. The orphanage provides security, healthcare, nutrition and counseling.
Godwin's story is typical. As he sat next to the quiet 5-year-old, Sam said that after Godwin's mother died, the church pastor told his family that "Godwin is responsible."
From his own investigation, questioning Godwin and talking with neighbors, Sam said that when a relative asked Godwin if he was a witch, "he said no and was beaten and made the confession that he actually killed the mother."
Sam said Godwin was locked up with his mother's corpse every night for three weeks with little food or water before a neighbor contacted Sam, who was able to rescue him.
Witches and wizards, they started getting afraid. I never gave them rest.
--Pastor Helen Ukpabio
Other children at his orphanage bear the scars of being beaten, attacked with boiling water, and cuts from machetes. But these children are the ones lucky to be alive.
"A child witch is said to be a witch when that child possessed with certain spiritual spells capable of making that child transform into cat, snake, vipers, insects, any other animal and that child is capable of wreaking havoc like killing of people, bringing diseases, misfortune into the family," Sam said.
"When a child is accused of being a witch -- that child is hated absolutely by everybody surrounding him so such children are sent out of the home... But unfortunately such children do not always live long. A lot of them, they're either killed, abandoned by the parents, tortured in the church or trafficked out of the city."
Sam doesn't believe in witchcraft and is trying to raise awareness in local communities now gripped by hysteria.
Belief in witchcraft is rooted in centuries of tradition, but it's only in the last 10 years, that it has become associated with child abuse, he said.
"It's a social crisis," he added. "Poverty propels this child witch phenomenon and poverty is a twin sister to ignorance.
"Most vulnerable children come from single parents, divorced parents, dysfunctional families."
But the orphanage has very little space for more children. Overstretched finances mean he can barely pay a skeleton staff of four people, as well as feed the children.
Instead, many children are left to roam the streets.
"My parents sent me out of the house -- said I'm a witch," said Samuel, a 15-year-old who has lived on the streets for five years after a local pastor blamed him for unexpected deaths in the family.
"I was beaten by the prophet in the church," he said in a quiet voice.
Samuel lives in an abandoned building with 10 other children accused of witchcraft. A local group, 'Stepping Stones Nigeria,' which is dedicated to helping street children, visits them.
"Religious leaders capitalize on the ignorance of some parents in the villages just to make some money off them," said Lucky Inyang, project coordinator for 'Stepping Stones Nigeria'.
"They can say your child is a witch and if you bring the child to the church we can deliver the child but eventually they don't deliver the children... The parents go back to the pastor and say, 'why is it you have not been able to deliver the child' and the pastor says 'Oh - this one has gone past deliverance - they've eaten too much flesh so you have to throw the child out.'"
CONTINUED…By Christian Purefoy, CNN August 25, 2010 5:09 p.m. EDT Photo: Godswill was... more
Campaigners say children are increasingly being accused of witchcraft by preachers in the UK, and can face beatings, brandings and being physically restrained.
The Independent carries a report that quotes police as saying the horrific cases that come to light are just the tip of the iceberg.
“The very accusation of being a witch can result in children being starved, tortured, beaten, stabbed or even, as in the case of Victoria Climbié, murdered,” says the paper, adding that it’s “an increasing problem.”
Climbié was abused and murdered by her guardians and died in 2000, leading to a public outcry that in turn led to major changes in child-protection policies in the country.
The Independent quotes Jason Morgan, a detective based at the Metropolitan Police’s child-protection unit, known as Project Violet, as saying: “It is a hidden crime that is very difficult to measure. There may well be a large number of cases that never come to light … it is a national problem,” he added.
And Debbie Ariyo, the founder of Africans Unite against Child Abuse, is quoted as saying: “This is a growing problem and we are seeing more of it. At the very least, we are talking about dozens of cases every year.”
The organization says it dealt with 10 cases last year in which children had been accused of being witches or possessed by “evil spirits” and beaten by parents who were confronted by “challenging behaviour” in their children.
“In another case a disabled child was burnt with an iron in an attempt to get rid of the evil spirit blamed for the condition,” the paper says.
The report, which says there are 4,000 African churches in Britain, claims a church leader used the fear of witches to obtain sexual favours.
Kay (not her real name) began worshipping at the Faith and Victory Church in London when she was 13. Her mother had died several years before and her father was being treated for kidney failure. Kay claimed that in 2008, when she had turned 18, her pastor said she would need to sleep with him 21 times to rid her family of the witchcraft that caused their problems. Kay said: “It felt as if I was being raped.”
The Independent quotes Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, secretary of minority ethnic Christian affairs at Churches Together in England, as saying: “At the moment you can set up a church anywhere, any time … in the same way we wouldn’t tolerate somebody setting themselves up as a lawyer or surgeon without proper training and regulation, we shouldn’t expose the souls of people to anybody who happens to think they can set up a church.”
A Channel 4 documentary in its Dispatches series called Britain’s Witch Children is due to be broadcast tonight at 8 o’clock, British time.
The programme goes undercover and exposes pastors who, say the programme makers, exploit religious beliefs and, in some cases, claim evil spirits in some people bring bad luck into the lives of others.Campaigners say children are increasingly being accused of witchcraft by preachers in... more
The late author's epic of a desert planet anticipates contemporary issues and poses a lasting challenge to filmmakers.
Half a century ago, a middle-aged newspaperman with a few obscure books to his name sat down to pursue a pet obsession based on a story that had never sold.
The ensuing 1965 novel -- in which his agent had no confidence -- sagged at first. But within a few years, it was a pop-culture sensation, and this year, on its 45th anniversary, "Dune" is one of science fiction's best-known books and probably the field's bestselling novel.
The mystery of why some works continue to speak to us is heightened with a book like "Dune": Frank Herbert's desert-planet epic not only remains popular and well-known, but this tale has anticipated many of our contemporary concerns. Its saga of dueling great houses, the fight for a rare resource and a young aristocrat's coming of age was set 200 centuries in the future. But it grapples with numerous issues pressing in the 21st: the fragility of the environment, the shortage of fossil fuels, the threat of religious jihad, the unpredictable effects of mind-bending drugs.
"It was the SF book that everybody in the mainstream culture was reading," recalls Northern California novelist Kim Stanley Robinson. "But it wasn't like Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle,' which was essentially a mainstream novel. Herbert was doing hard-core SF in the anthropological and world-building sense. People went for its huge back story taking off from [the prophet] Mohammed's life."
That the novel was planned and researched during the Eisenhower and Camelot years -- before widespread Muslim fundamentalism, OPEC, mainstream narcotics use and other issues that seem to inspire the narrative -- underscores the author's prescience. The book also helped galvanize the environmental movement: Set on a world far from ours, its rich description of a water-poor planet is credited by some as the inspiration for Earth Day.
Because of its huge following, fast-moving plot and opportunities for special effects, "Dune" has repeatedly attracted other artists -- it's been the source of a video game, a board game, numerous posthumous sequels and several adaptations. And though a 1984 film was widely considered a failure and two subsequent Sci-Fi Channel miniseries were made, Paramount recently selected a director for a big-budget movie.
"I am a political animal," Herbert said in a 1983 promotional interview. "And I never really left journalism. I am writing about the current scene -- the metaphors are there."
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-dune18-2010apr18,0,2900932.storyLA Times The late author's epic of a desert planet anticipates contemporary... more
Josh Heller from Online Comedy went to Fever Ray last night at the Fonda in LA. This is his recap and some YouTube clips from the show. —SNK
Last night I went to the Music Box at the Fonda to see the most anticipated show of the year. That may be a subjective claim, because my friend convinced me to buy tickets six months in advance, he was sure this show would sell out. He ended up forgetting a ticket, and bought one at the door.
We edged our way towards the stage, for the last ten minutes of Nosaj Thing's set. I wish we got their earlier because I'm a sucker for the ethereal dancey bleeps and bloops that come out of people's computers. Instead, I was splitting a #3 at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. The curtains closed after his set, and the house lights went on. Strange mood-setting ambient sounds trickled out of the speakers. My friend said it sounded like we were about to be attacked by The Smoke Monster from LOST.
Fortunately we didn't get attacked by any monsters, just a parade of drunk girls, who apologized for being so annoying.
The tempo of the hypnotic music moved faster, then the curtains finally opened. The audience was blasted with fog, air-conditioning, and the scent of patchouli. It smelled like a used-record store inside of a Wal-Mart. Smoke filled the space. The men standing in front of synthesizers and percussion, wore tall hats and Age of Enlightenment make-up. They looked like they've been haunting Versailles since the 1680s. Fever Ray, née Karin Dreijer Andersson, entered the stage dressed inside of what looked like a buffalo.
Lasers formed a virtual tent above the crowd, as she started her hour long set. The light show was very impressive. The lighting changed for each song during the performance. At one point antique lamps illuminated on beat, making you feel like you were at Disney's Haunted Mansion. The coolest laser effects acted like an iTunes visualizer.
I'm very happy that I didn't arrive at the concert in a time machine. If you had time-traveled from Colonial Massachusetts you'd be sure that you were witnessing a Pagan ritual. At some point Fever Ray took off her buffalo, and the spotlight shined on to this spooky lady, who vaguely resembled the witch from Army of Darkness.
During the performance she moved her hands into the shape of a triangle. I'm sure this led conspiracy theorists to say she was a mason and a member of the illuminati. It led me to say "HOV" and presume that she was in fact Jay-Z.
She played her entire album, and I didn't even get bored until the last two songs. Which is very impressive, because at most shows I'm bored after the first few minutes. Fever Ray played an excellent show that outstandingly translated the eeriness of her album on to the stage.
It would suck though, if you thought you were going to a Sugar Ray concert.Josh Heller from Online Comedy went to Fever Ray last night at the Fonda in LA. This... more
Current.com user hpseaton pointed out this disturbing story: Children denounced as witches are tortured, killed on Current News. Here's a short excerpt:
Nigeria is at the center of an increasing number of cases in which children accused of witchcraft are then tortured or killed.
Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" that The Associated Press reviewed, and 13 churches were named in the case files.
Last November, Channel 4 in the UK produced a documentary entitled "Saving Africa's Witch Children" which looked at this problem in Nigeria. (The video is not embeddable - but you can watch part of it over here.)
An editorial in Nigeria's Guardian newspaper later in the month confirmed the terrible accuracy of the documentary:
This documentary exposes a disturbing social reality in Nigeria: the reign of ignorance and obsession with superstition. Poverty has done terrible damage to our society and the souls of men. Surrounded by so much uncertainty and unable to fulfil basic ambitions, Nigerians are increasingly seeking solace in the new churches which promise "miracles and wonders." In these churches, extremism is the norm; any form of disappointment or career setback is identified as the handiwork of witches and wizards. And the priest, claiming to have supernatural powers, immediately points to a child, a relation or a colleague at work as the Devil. So many relationships have been destroyed as a result.
The churches organise what they call special Deliverance sessions, sometimes overnight, or early in the morning and every activity is targeted at "that witch in your life that is blocking your progress". Go to any of those churches and witness how feet-stumping, hysterical men and women scream: "Holy Ghost Fire, Burn Them"; "Father Kill My Enemy" "My enemy die, die. I say die, die, die, die by fire now" Thus, many churches have been taken over by closet assassins and murderers looking for witches, wizards and enemies to kill. Too many atrocities have been committed in Nigeria in God's name.
Even with the efforts of NGOs like Stepping Stones Nigeria to combat this problem in the Niger Delta region, it's a difficult task for the government. Especially since the government has a hard time in general policing the restive Delta region, as Mariana van Zeller found out when she visited Nigeria's MEND rebels.
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Leigh Scott is the ultimate Hollywood Cinderella Story. Finally getting his chance to make a feature film without unrealistic budget and time constraints, he knocks it out of the park. Find out more about the star-studded cast at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592287/ or view the official website:
"Follow the yellowbrick road" for exclusive trailers, web content and premiere information!Leigh Scott is the ultimate Hollywood Cinderella Story. Finally getting his chance to... more
A TALE OF 2 MOONS;
Full Moon Myths and Madness /
Once in a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve -- or Not?
For some, it inspires romance. For others, it elicits madness.
Police Officers and Hospital Workers are Among Strongest Believers in Full Moon-Related Chaos. For some, it inspires romance. For others, it elicits madness. But since time immemorial, people around the world have been bewitched by the full moon, convinced it influences the human psyche and the rhythms of nature.Studies have debunked the connection, though some experts say the increased light could contribute to a rise in mischief-making.
But then why do moon superstitions persist?
Moon Myths Have Existed for Centuries
Those references rely on the romantic and emotional qualities that people have associated with the moon for centuries, Hiscock said.
The phrase lunatic comes from the idea that the human psyche is influenced by the moon and, despite evidence to the contrary, some people persist in linking full moons to bizarre behavior.
But really, its all about the mood swings of Hekate (so the story has 3 aspects)
http://www.benlongfrescotrail.com/images/Hecate.jpgA TALE OF 2 MOONS; Full Moon Myths and Madness / Once in a Blue Moon on New... more
Before "The Dark Knight",....was Solomon Kane;
F-ing Satan in the A "OLD SCHOOL" !
Spend your life cutting men down with your blade and robbing them of their wealth, and word of your exploits is sure to reach the devil, who is always on the lookout for new souls. Meet Solomon Kane, the invention of Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan the Barbarian. Howard published his sword-and-sorcery stories in the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, and his influence on the fantasy genre is rivalled only by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Armed with a rapier and flintlock pistols, Solomon Kane dresses in black, his pale face and cold eyes shadowed by a hat. He is a true rogue, blasting and slashing forward on a mission of pillage and plunder in war-torn North Africa in the late 1500s. When the devil lays claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul, Kane escapes only to face the sobering truth: in order to seek redemption, he must renounce his wicked ways and devote himself wholly to a pious life. His new-found piety is put to the test when he is forced to return to his murderous ways to save England from the grasp of evil.
Under the fine direction of Michael J. Bassett, James Purefoy brings this swashbuckling hero to life on the big screen, eliciting more depth and intrigue from Kane than Arnie was able to deliver in Conan. His bare flesh scarred with spiritual symbols and a cross branded on his back, Purefoy (known for his role as Mark Antony in HBO's Rome) as Kane has looked into the fiery pits of hell and is ready to take on the demonic hordes. Purefoy is backed by the solid casting of Jason Flemyng, Max von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite.
Shot in a gritty manner that embraces the story's mud, filth and blood, Solomon Kane evokes Michael Reeves's The Conqueror Worm, starring Vincent Price. However, our hell-bent hero never takes his valiant quest too seriously, marking a glorious return to high-spirited action and adventure.
The movie tells the origins of Solomon Kane and is hoped to be the first of a trilogy of movies. When the story opens Kane is a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting in Africa, but after an encounter with a demon, The Reaper, he realizes he must seek redemption or have his soul damned to Hell. He returns to England and lives a life of peace, converting to puritanism, but soon the doings of an evil sorcerer upset his plans and he must take up arms again.
“James Purefoy has been cast as puritan [sic] swordsman Solomon Kane in a movie of the same name to be made from the stories of “Conan the Barbarian” creator Robert E. Howard. Kane is a 16th century soldier who learns that his brutal and cruel actions have damned him but is determined to redeem himself by living peacefully. But he finds himself dragged out of retirement for a fight against evil.”
Great Sword & Sorcery Film, 18 October 2009
--------------Author: Crossplain Pilgrim from United States
I actually saw "Solomon Kane" at the Alamo Draft House screening in Austin. Terrific film. It was a real thrill to see a high adventure film with strains of horror and fantasy. These days films like this are far and few between. I can't think of a S&S film since the first Conan film that has taken this serious, respectful approach to the genre. It's an origin story that Robert E. Howard never wrote, but in the opinion of this long time REH reader it is Howard's Solomon Kane up there on the screen. Michael J. Bassett's direction is classic in style and many of the shots are beautifully framed. James Purefoy gives a haunting, powerful perfromance as Kane and the supporting cast, which includes Max Von Sydow, is excellent.
The film boasts surprisingly high production values with great sets, costumes, special effects, and many well-staged sword fights. If you consider the Rings films heroic fantasy rather than the more down and dirty Sword and Sorcery genre, this dark and gritty "Solomon Kane" may be the be he best S&S film ever made.
I wouldn't put too much stock in that "Bloody Disgusting" review. It is so wildly out of sinc with even the other negative reviews as to lack credibility. The positive reviews greatly outnumber the bad ones, by the way. Reading that review, I was thinking to myself, what film did this guy see?
If you like great rousing adventure mixed with some horror and fantasy, do yourself a favor and be your own judge. Go see "Solomon Kane" when it comes to a theater near you.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970452/Before "The Dark Knight",....was Solomon Kane; F-ing Satan in the A... more
1000s of children are being accused of being 'witches' leading to torture and/or death.1000s of children are being accused of being 'witches' leading to torture... more
We've all heard the stories about witch trials: A man or woman is accused of being a witch, goes through a "trial", and ends up hanged or burned at the steak.
Sounds like your 10th grade history class all over again, right?
In Nigera (among other places), children are being denounced as witches. They are being torturched, humiliated, abandoned, and killed.
Read the story, leave comments. We need to do something about this, be it re-education, missions, whatever. This HAS to stop.
EKET, Nigeria - The 9-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."
"It is an outrage what they are allowing to take place in the name of Christianity," said Gary Foxcroft, head of nonprofit Stepping Stones Nigeria.
‘Children are defenseless’
For their part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund.
"When communities come under pressure, they look for scapegoats," he said. "It plays into traditional beliefs that someone is responsible for a negative change ... and children are defenseless."
The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria's 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and another three were set on fire.
Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United Nations Children's Fund says tens of thousands of children have been targeted throughout Africa.We've all heard the stories about witch trials: A man or woman is accused of... more