Posted by: reisendame | November 15, 2007

Children are hunted down as witches each and every day

In American history classes, most students are lectured about the horrors of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, where a radical group of bible-thumping Massachusetts Puritans turned against their neighbors and slaves, claiming that the accused were in league with the devil.

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Those found guilty of the crime (by some “testimonies” or other questionable evidence) were hanged with a noose by the neck in the town square, for anyone to see who was willing, or hadn’t a thing more interesting to do.

And there were plenty who were. Half the county would show up at such events. Puritans didn’t have carnivals.

Arthur Miller’s moral drama, “The Crucible,” is an existential call to self, identity, and place, but also highlights the human folly in crucifying others on the basis of unfounded claims, and nowadays we shake our heads in disbelief of the fact that such God-fearing ignorance prevailed, for a time at least.

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U.s pop culture puts the idea of “witchery,”in the grammatical sense, straight into into fablery, scary stories, and stand-by Halloween costumes.

This is not so in some places, where generations (long before the West re-wrote History) have lived with the notion that witches, in one form or another, do exist.

In parts of Angola, the Congo, and the Congo Republic, for example, thousands of children are estimated to have been cast from their homes on the basis that they practice witchcraft.

Though the fear of devil worship is ingrained in the cultures of many, this outburst of child abuse and persecution in the past few years is only just being noticed. Still, it’s undoubtedly been going on for quite some time, as the entire African continent has been constantly in strife, like any other part of the world, but only terribly unnaturally since it was invaded by the English.

Read the New York Times Article, “African Crucible: Cast as Witches, then Cast Out”

Ana Silva, of the Angola National Institute for the Child says that “the witches situation started when fathers became unable to care for their children… so they started seeking any justification to expel them from the family.”

Some cases are worse than just throwing the kids on the street. Families beat, torture, and kill their own flesh and blood on strangely sick unfounded charges like practicing witchcraft.

Silva says that one mother blinded her daughter with bleach to rid her from receiving “evil visions.”

Another father injected battery acid into his son’s stomach.

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Since the notion of witchery is normal, most police officers, teachers, religious leaders, and social workers are afraid to intervene. It’s impossible to forcibly change another person’s beliefs, so Silva knows the best they can do is communicate with authority figures and make sure they understand that violence against children “is never justified.”

Watch the Trailer: “Witch Orphans,” a documentary following Angolan children accused of witchcraft

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