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Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Comprehensive report by Jubilee Campaign and Kyampisi Childcare Ministries looking at the scale of child sacrifice in Uganda. See here for full report

Report on Child Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Southern Malawi

This report is based on research done on behalf of Stichting Afrika Zending and Across Outreach in Malawi in order to provide relevant information concerning child witchcraft accusations in the Southern African nation. The main aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of child witchcraft beliefs and accusations in Malawi and to contribute to more effective intervention on behalf of vulnerable children and other vulnerable groups in Malawi. For full report see here

Child Sacrifice and the Response of the Church in Uganda

Report by Across Outreach into the scale of child sacrifice in Uganda with a number of recommendations for stakeholders. See full report here.

WHRIN Launch

I am delighted and excited to announce the formal (re) launch of WHRIN today 31st December 2012. We have chosen today to launch this exciting new social enterprise in order to mark the last day of the 400th Anniversary of the hangings of the Lancashire witches in my hometown of Lancaster, UK. WHRIN hopes to work with you to ensure that such incidences no longer occur anywhere around the world in another 400 years time.

Whilst we look forward to an exciting new year ahead with all the many interesting projects that WHRIN has planned we do so remembering the countless people around the world who face a less promising 2013. Thousands of people around the world this year will suffer gross violations of their rights, and sometimes death, due to the belief that they are “witches” or “possessed”. Most victims of such abuse will be the most vulnerable members of society – women, children, elderly and the disabled.  As WHRIN’s work develops and grows over the coming years, putting an end to the injustice faced by such people will remain our driving motivation.

I am really looking forward to working with you to build a vibrant network of committed people across the world. Please do get in touch if you have any ideas for how we may be best able to do this.

Wishing each of you a very happy and healthy 2013.


Founder/Executive Director


Nepal: Jagaran Media Centre

The Jagaran Media Center (JMC)  as a non governmental organization was established in 2000 by journalists from the Dalit community in Nepal. The organization advocates to eliminate caste based discrimination, promote a more equitable, inclusive, and accountable democracy, and environmental justice and sustainable disaster risk reduction through media mobilization. The organisation has been vocal in advocating for the rights of women accused of witchcraft in Nepal.  For website please click here 

Felix Riedel: Children in African Witch-Hunts – An introduction for Scientists and Social Workers.

Children are branded as witches on a mass-scale in Congo,Nigeria and Angola. Recent interpretational frameworks about these child witch-hunts employ a simplistic materialism centred on political and economic crises. Meanwhile, historic sources from distinct regions disprove the claim of a purely modern problem. While the concept of child-witchcraft is old and equally well-known from the European context, the recent crisis points indeed at a massive shift in propaganda and victimization strategies. In this text, two showcase film-analyses further question the importance of a crisis for the ideologemes. In the meantime, journalistic evidence and experiences of social workers spearhead the research as ethnographers seem to avoid the issue. Moral demands call for an implementation of advanced theory, psychological competence and social work with children accused of witchcraft.

See full paper here

21.11.12 – Angolan Church frets over ‘chronic’ witchcraft problem

See news report here 


ECPAT UK – End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes.

ECPAT UK is active in research, campaigning and lobbying government to prevent child exploitation and protect children in tourism and child victims of trafficking. For website see here 





Katherine Luongo: Witchcraft and Colonial Rule in Kenya, 1900–1955

Focusing on colonial Kenya, this book shows how conflicts between state authorities and Africans over witchcraft-related crimes provided an important space in which the meanings of justice, law and order in the empire were debated. Katherine Luongo discusses the emergence of imperial networks of knowledge about witchcraft. She then demonstrates how colonial concerns about witchcraft produced an elaborate body of jurisprudence about capital crimes. The book analyzes the legal wrangling that produced the Witchcraft Ordinances in the 1910s, the birth of an anthro-administrative complex surrounding witchcraft in the 1920s, the hotly contested Wakamba Witch Trials of the 1930s, the explosive growth of legal opinion on witch-murder in the 1940s, and the unprecedented state-sponsored cleansings of witches and Mau Mau adherents during the 1950s. A work of anthropological history, this book develops an ethnography of Kamba witchcraft or uoi. Click here for more information.

Training: Safeguarding Children: Child exploitation through the use of juju and witchcraft – ECPAT UK

ECPAT UK provides a range of learning and development events on safeguarding children from all forms of exploitation and trafficking for all practitioners who work with or make decisions about children. Find out more here