Black People : Children abused, killed as witches in Nigeria

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Children abused, killed as witches in Nigeria
    By Christian Purefoy, CNN
    August 26, 2010

    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 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.

    READ MORE: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/a...witches/index.html#fbid=kxBbIYwuIt1&wom=false

     
  2. Onyemobi

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    I have been following this issue for some time. Its really sickening.
     
  3. Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Interesting read by an author, ironically, named Christian.

    Is this another example of Christian missionary work in Africa?

    http://www.crarn.net/

    http://www.crarn.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=30

    http://www.meal-a-day.org/

    I wonder if any of these "partners" are also in Darfur, Sudan.
     
  4. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You know....Not all Christian missionary work is of the "devil"

    Some folks go around claiming to be Christian missionaries and they are spreading lies

    I'm of Christian faith and I don't condone any of this

     
  5. Omowale Jabali

    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pardon me but I don't quite get what it is you dont condone.

    Given the history of christian missionary work in Africa not sure how to distinguish between what is beneficial and what is a cover for espionage.

    I say this because christian missionaries often use this as a cover for doing fact-finding mission (recon) prior to then supporting opposition groups throughout Africa and the so-called third world countries.

    For example, what exactly is "witchcraft"? What ATR system is indigenous to this area of Nigeria?
     
  6. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I don't condone what is being done to these kids in this article

     
  7. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    And I agree with you

    I believe these so-called "christian missionaries" are there for the wrong intentions...

     
  8. Omowale Jabali

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    Another perspective:

    In Nigeria, rogue pastors prey on fears of black magic to drum up a lucrative trade in 'exorcisms'

    "There have been Christians in Nigeria since the 19th century. While the majority hold moderate beliefs, an extreme minority has harnessed existing superstitions about black magic and turned them into a lucrative trade. Up to 15,000 children in Nigeria's Akwa Ibom and Cross River states alone have been branded witches by rogue pastors, who charge large sums to "exorcise" them."

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...e-children-killed-for-witchcraft-1003968.html


    There are plenty articles on the Liberty Gospel Church such as the following.

    http://defendingcontending.com/2009...-ukpabio-of-liberty-gospel-church-in-nigeria/
     
  9. Omowale Jabali

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    Ok..got'cha'

    peace
     
  10. HyperKill

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    Probally what these folks are saying is this. That where they see certain practices, they also notice a moral decline and acceptance of behavior that would be condemned in areas of other society. - - - Here in New Orleans there are quite a few black magic shops in the French Quarter and around town, you will commonly notice there is the existence of other social ills right within the vacinity or either right next to an area where black magic is performed. Strip clubs, heroin and acid shops, 25cent sex act booths, etc. But where there are Churches, there tend to be no such things. As bad as drugs are here, not even the roughest of dealers will sell near a church nor will a topless bar owner attempt to build a club next to a church or Mosque but the lowwest of human behavior often goes on where there is belief in the occult. I've studied nearly every religion and belief system on Earth and many are tolerant of things other condone. But it is true about some Christians, some enter with ill intention in areas where they have interest.
     
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