Nigeria: Child Abuse in Nigeria

In recent years, our home; Akwa Ibom State, in Southern Nigeria, has witnessed dangerous rising trends of diabolical child abuse practices where innocent and defenseless children are accused of witchcraft and subsequently labeled ‘child witches’ by self proclaimed prophets in “spiritual” churches, parents, as well as adult relatives, in their local communities.

Once these churches accuse a child of witchcraft, such a child is subjected to varying forms of physical torture and extreme inhumane treatment under the guise of witchcraft exorcism. In many cases, children exposed to these dangerous rituals are maimed for life. In other cases, the children are out rightly murdered. 

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