Robin Hammond

Akwa Ibom State, NIGERIA

11 year old twin brothers Utomobong (left) and Mbotidem abandoned by their parents after being called witches. They were found living in the shell of an old building surviving off leaves and grass, too scared to leave the house. They now live at the house run by the Child's Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), the only organisation providing a bed and safety for children accused of witchcraft. Such are the numbers coming to the organisation that they are often forced to make the kids share three to a bed. In the Nigerian State of Akwa Ibom children are being accused of witchcraft at an alarming rate. Severe abuse, neglect, abandonment, and even murder follow for those who are not "delivered" - exorcised - from evil. Deliverance can only come at the hand of a Pastor from one of Nigeria's many religious sects, and usually at a price few can readily afford. The potential to make large sums of money motivates some pastors to call more children witches.

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