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Religion in Kinshasa

Religion has become a flourishing business in poverty-stricken Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, with scores of pentecostal churches springing up in recent years. They promise miracles but deliver little to alleviate worshippers' problems. Some of their charismatic preachers, however, have amassed personal fortunes.
One church in Kingabwa district specialises in healing 'witches', particularly children. Fears about child witches periodically erupt in the city, sometimes provoked by innocuous domestic events, such as a broken fridge, which lead to a child being castigated as an evil influence.
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