The Child witches of Kinshasa

Sad, scary, disturbing, and terribly tragic. The story of the child witches of Kinhasa.

"Far from traditional Congolese values that have always considered the child as an asset, these 'visionaries' [from evangelical churches] rely on a fallacious use of the popular belief in witchcraft and give it a distinctive urban slant. Of its ambivalent initial nature (being both protective and threatening at the same time), remains only the malicious side, using the easily influenced children to carry out its work. Once declared evil, they are considered become dangerous burdens for their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, but most often step mothers, who consider it safer to get rid of them than to keep them; because once the 'demonic' nature of a child has been declared, there is no turning back. In most cases, even after a 'spiritual operation', as expensive and violent as they are, the child-witch remains a child-witch."

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June 16, 2011 | 11:03 PM