NGO Reports – All

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.

UK: Vulnerability and Control of African Child Victims of Trafficking – ECPAT

There are various factors that make children vulnerable to being trafficked. These include, amongst other things, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, lack of education and social exclusion. This paper highlights the experience of the vulnerability and control of African children being trafficked to the UK. In particular, it looks at children being trafficked once they have been labelled a ‘child witch’. This paper also looks at specific control mechanisms used by traffickers to maintain children’s dependence and prevent their escape. Please click here for more details.

 

 

UK: What is Witchcraft Abuse? Africans Unite against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

AFRUCA has produced the “Safeguarding African Children in the UK” series of publications to highlight different safeguarding issues and to assist members of the African community in the UK to know more about different forms of child abuse and how to identify the signs so that children can be safe and be better protected. The “What is Witchcraft Abuse?” publication is one in the series.

Please click here to see the report.

 

DRC: The Invention of Child Witches in the Democratic Republic of Congo – Save the Children

This report summarises Save the Children’s knowledge on the issue of children accused of witchcraft  in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The information and analyses presented are all drawn from various research studies as well as from the experience their programme has gained through the reunification and reintegration of almost 2,000 children in the  cities of Kinshasa and Mbuyi-Mayi.
The greatest source of information, however, was  Save the Children’s direct work with pastors from the revivalist churches, communities and parents who have accused their children of witchcraft. Please click here for the full report.

 

 

Help Age International: Using the law to tackle accusations of witchcraft

HelpAge International and its partners have considerable experience of tackling
and reducing accusations of witchcraft and related violence against older women
and men though community based interventions. We do not, however, have the
same level of experience or expertise in the use of legislation in this area.
To address this gap, we requested, through the organisation Advocates for
International Development, pro bono guidance from lawyers on the use of
legislation to address accusations of witchcraft and related violence. Three law
firms offered to review relevant legislation in a total of nine countries: Burkina
Faso, Cameroon, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa and
Tanzania. We also asked the law firms to provide general guiding principles to
help inform our position on the use of the legislation in this area.
This report presents the main findings of the review and our position in relation to
the issues raised. It also presents a summary of key issues from the review in
each of the nine countries. See the full report here

UN: Violating children’s rights: harmful practices based on tradition, culture, religion or superstition – International NGO Council on Violence against Children

Each year, thousands of children die worldwide and the childhoods and development of millions more are scarred by harmful practices perpetrated by parents, relatives, religious and community leaders and other adults.

The report illustrates a devastating failure of international and regional human rights mechanisms to provoke the necessary challenge to these practices and their effective prohibition and elimination in all regions. It marks a failure of political and community leadership to move parents, families and societies on from harmful practices
to cultures fully respectful of children’s rights. It marks a failure of religious leaders to insist that no form of violence against children can be justified in the name of religion and to highlight, as the Convention on the Rights of the Child does, children’s own right to freedom of religion.
This report builds on the key recommendations of the UN Secretary General’s Study. It identifies a range
of international, regional and national bodies that need to work urgently and more visibly to end adults’ inexcusable justification of inhumanity to children.

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UK: A rapid literature review of evidence on child abuse linked to faith or belief

October 2012: The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC), based at the Institute of Education, was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to conduct a small-scale review of previous research on ‘child abuse linked to faith or belief’. This will be used to help inform future policy in the area.The review set out to address the following questions:
Q1: What does the literature tell us about the incidence of abuse in the UK, and other selected countries where belief in witchcraft and related concepts is a factor?
Q2: What is known about the characteristics and context of child abuse linked to faith or belief in the UK and other selected countries?
Q3: What does the literature reveal about good practice and lessons to be learned for practitioners, agencies and
communities so as to reduce this type of child abuse in the UK in the future?
Q4: What are the gaps in the evidence base?

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UK: Safeguarding Children’s Rights: exploring issues of witchcraft and spirit possession in London’s African communities

May 2011: At a joint conference with the London Safeguarding Children Board, Trust for London launched this independent evaluation report of its Safeguarding Children’s Rights special initiative.

Safeguarding Children’s Rights was set up in 2007 to address the issue of faith-based child abuse linked to beliefs in spirit possession. Although this is a problem across many cultures and faiths, the initiative focuses on London’s African communities as it was established in response to concerns raised with Trust for London by African community groups we were already funding.

Download summary of report here
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