Robin Hammond

Akwa Ibom State, NIGERIA

Boys in Ibaka fishing village on the Niger Delta, fear for their lives. They are often beaten, even stabbed as happened to 12 year old Uwom (left) who was attacked with a machete. All of the other boys have suffered terrible beatings and stabbings. From left: Uwom (12), Samuel (13), Uno (14). 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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