So, washing a documentary today about child abuse, mostly in the name in Withcraft. I'd put the link of, but I suspect with most of you being US or elsewhere, you'll get a message telling you it's unavalibille outside of Britain. It's not so nice stuff...it's probably naive of me, but it's still hard to believe that this stuff still happens in 21st century first-world countries. Hard to believe it happens anywhere, in fact. Most of the documentary was in Congo, where the person came from. She too had suffered this abuse from relatives who believed she was possesed by a demon (or what they call "Kindoki") and had witchcraft.
Why? Why does this happen? I'm sure we all know about the witchhunts that happened centuries ago...if you were a witch, you were burnt at stake. Not saying that's okay, but why now? This is supposed to be the 21st century, for heavens sake.
I mean some of these beliefs...you wouldn't think that any sort of sane person with half a brain would believe anything like this. There was one little boy who was being beaten, forced to drink hot palm oil, and then left to starve for three days because people believed that he was possesed by Kindoki, snuck out at night to kill people and drinked there blood, and that he had a telephone in his stomach that he was using to contact other Kindoki. It's horrivle that the parents believe in these belief so so much that they believe they're doing the right thing for there child. It's horrible how these beliefs are preached by pastors, who are then paid to do a "deliverance". Why are these children accused? Because someone else in the family got sick or died, or even just normal things that a young children might do, such as wetting the bed at night. Talking to one of the children, there was one that said that the right thing had beeen done.