Ghana:Can one be convicted of murder in a case where there is no physical evidence of a body, a post-mortem report or where no pathologist or other medical expert is called to corroborate the death of a person and the cause?
These are some of the questions a court in Eldoret had to consider in a unique case in which four people, including a father and his daughter, were charged with killing their neighbour over claims of witchcraft.
Zimbabwe:Fear Despite being safely in Vancouver, Korak is still in the closet. Old beliefs die hard. He is afraid of being discovered as a homosexual by fellow Ghanaians at his Vancouver church. In a strange new land, he needs continued contact with his own culture. However, many newcomers are still socially conservative. Many still hate gays as a God-given right. He does not feel safe.
Perhaps this can be a reminder for us. Hatred and exorcisms are not confined to African traditional religions. With rapid growth of Pentecostal, charismatic and evangelical churches on that continent, they are harnessing Africans’ fear of witchcraft and supernatural powers. Both religions and governments gain power by demonizing gays and lesbians, denouncing low Western morals. It is cheaper for African governments to look engaged by passing anti-gay laws than to deliver clean water, sewage systems or education.
And this one isn't really predominately Christian but the cases involve the Protestant community:“My womb carried 20 children, but only 10 of them survived,” she began. When pressed to say why she believed her children died, she attributes it to witchcraft.
“My neighbour is a witch, responsible for the deaths of my children. Whenever I bore a child and they survived, I was sure I would lose the next one to her. They all died in their infancy.”
Madzimai, as women are called in the sect, said she delivered her first child in 1981 when she was 15-years-old. All of her children were delivered with the assistance of midwives, especially commissioned from her church.
“There are older and experienced women in my church who are specially ordained by God to help pregnant mothers deliver their babies safely.”
African Children Denounced As "Witches" By Christian Pastors
EKET, Nigeria — The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.
His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him – Mount Zion Lighthouse.
A month later, he died.
Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
The Saudis and Irans human rights abuses are both disgusting and appalling. Irans have received a great deal of coverage over the last few years because they are the current flavour of the month and the war drums are beating in their direction.
Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses on the other hand....for the most part all you hear is crickets.
Why do we fall?
So we can learn to pick ourselves up.