'Grandfather become sick and my aunt accused me of being a witch. She said, "Why is everyone around sick? They are suffering because of you." Grandfather gave me special water to drink, but it made no difference.
'My aunt said I must leave. The neighbours beat me and burnt me. They said either you must admit to being a witch or we will kill you. There is no place for you here. I went to the church, but they gave me water to drink that made me sick. I said to neighbours, let me sleep somewhere, even in your toilet, but they refused. I was caught by some soldiers and they said, you are a witch - we saw you flying with birds. They said they were going to kill me, but I escaped.'
Tens of thousands of children live in the cemeteries, markets and streets of Kinshasa feeding on rubbish, begging and stealing. Most are there because of witchcraft accusations - mostly from their own families. The phenomenon is spreading, with recent cases of child abuse motivated by the belief that the child is possessed by evil spirits, showing up in London, Paris and Amsterdam.
N/A, The Observer 13 Comments
[9/30/2007 12:31:07 PM]
Fundie Index: 6
No doubt about it, religion is the best thing that ever happened to the world.
10/3/2007 12:04:16 PM
THIS is persecution.
10/3/2007 2:10:02 PM
And these guys say that it was ok to live in those places where life is more "simple"
10/19/2007 4:46:24 PM
this kinda shit is going on in Europe?
WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!
10/19/2007 6:40:44 PM
Words fail me.
10/19/2007 6:57:27 PM
Eve The Saint
...all i can say really...
10/19/2007 9:12:19 PM
Ansem the Wise
It happens in the USA, too. More often than it should (which is at all).
10/19/2007 9:28:20 PM
I second Jake Steel: this kind of lunacy exist in Europe? Why do people always want to dissappoint me? It's not like I would have much respect for them anyhow.
2/17/2009 1:41:33 PM
What was her name? Andrea Yates? The woman with the 7 kids that drowned them in the tub because she thought they were possessed? That was in the US, not?
2/26/2009 5:40:21 PM
Blame African based Xtian fundie churches influencing or targeting African refugees fleeing persecution, & seeking political asylum in said European countries...
For example, there is a fairly large community of Somali refugees in my neck of the woods (North East London), waiting to be processed by the U.K Government...
2/26/2009 8:39:12 PM
Sarah Palin's African immigrant preacher believes in this stupidity, and apparently, so does she. (Check the youtube video of him praying over her to protect her from witchcraft). So it's been imported to the US, too.
2/26/2009 9:24:25 PM
11/4/2009 8:25:28 PM
@ Jake Steel: Kinshasa is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I'll bet the cases in Europe are in immigrant communities.
11/4/2009 9:24:17 PM