Nigeria outlaws accusing children of sorcery

The Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom has introduced a law that makes it illegal to accuse children of witchcraft and sorcery.

The state has spent significant amounts of money to aid the hundreds of Nigerian children that had been branded witches in Akwa Ibom for years.

But some say churches in the impoverished state where unemployment is rampant, must also be reigned in.

Some activists cite the churches as the source of the belief that children are sorcerers or witches.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Uyo.


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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 2, 2012 at 2:24am

Lets hope the African Education Foundation prevails and the Boko Haram flounders.


Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 2, 2012 at 12:04am

In some African countries you can be lynched by 'necklacing' for minor theft so the arm of the law has limited reach and effect. The mindless belief in the supernatural remains and is not quashed.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 1, 2012 at 5:42pm

This child witchcraft in Africa business is nothing new.  I first heard it reported on the news over three years ago.  It was disgusting back then and no less so now.  I AM glad to hear that Nigeria is taking  steps to stop it.  I only hope that their efforts can be successful against the apparently rampant superstition of some of their citizens.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 1, 2012 at 3:34pm

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