Over 100 children accused of witchcraft were thrown into the river

In 2019 the Children's Institute handled about 39 cases of children who had been accused of witchcraft

In 2019 the Children's Institute handled about 39 cases of children who had been accused of witchcraft

  |  Benjamin Cândido | Lunda-Norte| Edições Novembro

Over the past three years, more than 100 children accused of witchcraft have been thrown into rivers by their families in the provinces of Cabinda, Zaire, Malanje and Bengo, a team of Angolan researchers from the Center for Population Studies and Research (CEIP) said.

Witchcraft accusations against minors are a social problem that worries researchers at the Center for Population Studies and Research (CEIP, Universidade Agostinho Neto - UAN) and various grassroots organizations.

Speaking to Jornal de Angola, CEIP director Ndonga Mfuwa said that his fieldwork shows that many parents and guardians throw their children into rivers, where they are eaten by alligators, because they have been accused of being sorcerers.

According to the researcher, some parents accuse their children of witchcraft, expel them from the family home, regret what they have done, and then enter into conflict with the institutions where the children have found solace.

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