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Thursday, December 13, 2007

O They Will Know We Are Christians By…

posted by on December 13 at 15:27 PM

…the children we murder.

Almost everyone goes to church here. Driving through the town of Esit Eket, the rust-streaked signs, tarpaulins hung between trees and posters on boulders, advertise a church for every third or fourth house along the road. Such names as New Testament Assembly, Church of God Mission, Mount Zion Gospel, Glory of God, Brotherhood of the Cross, Redeemed, Apostalistic. Behind the smartly painted doors pastors make a living by ‘deliverances’—exorcisms—for people beset by witchcraft, something seen to cause anything from divorce, disease, accidents or job losses. With so many churches it’s a competitive market, but by local standards a lucrative one.

But an exploitative situation has now grown into something much more sinister as preachers are turning their attentions to children—naming them as witches. In a maddened state of terror, parents and whole villages turn on the child. They are burnt, poisoned, slashed, chained to trees, buried alive or simply beaten and chased off into the bush.

Some parents scrape together sums needed to pay for a deliverance—sometimes as much as three or four months’ salary for the average working man—although the pastor will explain that the witch might return and a second deliverance will be needed. Even if the parent wants to keep the child, their neighbours may attack it in the street.

Christ almighty.

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I've been saying all along that the problem with this world is those damned nigers, but does anyone listen?

Posted by Nigella | December 13, 2007 3:41 PM

A horrific example of how uneducated populations are easily manipulated by the only entities offering them "hope". It makes me want vomit.

Posted by muggims | December 13, 2007 4:14 PM

is this angola right? it's been going on for a while and not just among the evangelicals. limited resources, things go wrong, this phenomena is common throughout the world.

Posted by Jiberish | December 13, 2007 4:15 PM

Not Angola. This is happening in the Delta area of Eastern Nigeria, which also happens to be the area where most of the Countries oil fields are located.

It is a complete abomination!

Posted by YO | December 13, 2007 6:13 PM

My god, this is awful. I think this charity is the same one mentioned in the article that has rescued some of the victims after they were left for dead by their families:

You know, I stopped believing in hell when I was seven, but things like this really make me hope there's a purgatory. Perhaps an odd response for a post intended to point out the evils superstition and teaching on damnation, but there you go.

Posted by Beguine | December 13, 2007 6:40 PM

This is what those Nigerian e-mail scammers do for day jobs: Freelance exorcism. Brilliant! Makes me want to have violent sex with Jesus's ass. Not sure why. Maybe I need to get more exorcise.

Posted by christopher | December 13, 2007 7:11 PM


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Posted by lkfgz;lkfg;lg | December 14, 2007 9:51 AM

And the head of Nigeria's Anglican Church, Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, has been spending most of his time lately in decrying the "decadence of the West," that is to say, "homosexuality."

I guess the (so-called) tolerance of gay people in our country is a more worthy focus for Akinola than this barbaric treatment of children in his own.

Or maybe he thinks we should treat our gay people the way they treat these children in Nigeria.

And, #5, as for hoping there's a hell, or a purgatory: There is. Definitely. And these Nigerian kids are in it.

Posted by LeslieC | December 14, 2007 9:58 AM

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