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In my own country of South Africa, children are occasionally, and horrendously, killed for muti (medicine) but nowhere is this sickness more widespread than in Uganda. I’ve been to it’s capital, Kampala. I’ve seen the shell of a bombed club and had people yelling for me to get out of a building owned by a prince and princess because they thought that i’d get shot. Add a massive amount of the darkest prostitutes in a rock bar, the slow cooked goat leg beside the road and the deep-fried talapia on the lakeside, and the place was definitely interesting.

Beyond the city, in the jungles, gorillas are murdered and the Lord’s Resistance Army kidnaps children by the thousands as future soldiers or sex slaves. Now more terrors have moved closer to the capital.

Stephen's decapitated body found in a field

A BBC undercover reporter is told “we can bury the child alive on your construction site”.

The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear.

School children are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice.

The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until around three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country’s economy.

The mutilated bodies of children have been discovered at roadsides, the victims of an apparently growing belief in the power of human sacrifice.

Many believe that members of the country’s new elite are paying witchdoctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.

At the Kyampisi Childcare Ministries church, Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga is teaching local children a song called ‘Heal Our Land, End Child Sacrifice’. To hear dozens of young voices singing such shocking words epitomises how ritual murder has become part of everyday life here…

Read the full article, Where Child Sacrifice is a Business (BBC).


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