African Witch Game
think of witchcraft it conjures up images of Halloween and
pumpkins, but for African children allegations of witchcraft have
been going in the past few decades with serious and often fatal
consequences of those accused. A child can be accused of being a
witch in Africa for many reasons, often being blamed for poverty
and illness through sorcery.
Particularly disturbing is the role of the church in accusing
children of witchcraft. Pastors then go onto perform exorcism
ceremonies which, of course, can't be successful because the child
was never a witch in the first place. Upon failure, (and after
taking payment) if the child is allowed to live it is normally
expelled from its community and forced to live on the streets
where s/he is vulnerable to abuse and trafficking.