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The parents are even perpetuating hatred between siblings. How scary would it be to fear your own brother or sister? Sadly, many of these children start believing that they are witches and that they deserve to be treated in this inhumane manner. They start blaming their own sibling to avoid being accused of witchcraft themselves. We cannot blame these children for acting this way when they are following the example of adults. This video was taken in the Democratic Republic in Congo, but this epidemic occurs throughout Africa.
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This video was made by Anja Ringgren Lovén, founder of YourAID.
This is Mercy Frank, she is 12 years old, "her mother bathed her in acid because a prophet claimed she was possessed by witchcraft." Read more about her story and others at http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/15033410-akwa-ibom-childwitches-still-endangered-species (July 21, 2013)
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This is sickening and a sign of true cowardice! Sadly, many groups of people ,despite race or religion, don't have a problem using children to prove their selfish point of views.
This needs to change in every society. We must take care of one of the most vulnerable groups in every population.
This morning I came across this photo summing what this fundraiser like many others is trying to overcome. I'm not going to judge you for looking away, but I DO think it is an epidemic to care more about someone's personal preferences than about suffering children worldwide. I think that it is a greater disease that more and more people are okay with the hypocrisy of the situation.
Study from Indiana University finds that in 2012 Americans donated roughly $316 billion to charitable causes. Read the full post @ http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/iu-philanthropy-report-americans-donating-charity-51120/
Sadly, children are used as scapegoats and blamed for using witchcraft when something bad happens in their community. Meanwhile, witch-doctors in East Africa use body parts from albinos because they believe that these parts have magical powers. This sickening black market of body parts has made thousands of albinos, including children leave their homes.
In 2003, Nigeria passed the Child's Right Act to protect children from abuse, abandonment and even early marriages. Unfortunately, not all of the 36 states in Nigeria have adopted the Act. In the 21st century, this shouldn't be an issue. Sadly, it is a constant battle for people like Sam Itauma, who are fighting for the rights of these children.
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