Dispatches: Return to Africa’s Witch Children (2009)

Channel 4 (60’)

In Return to Africa’s Witch Children, we reveal what happened to some of the children and church leaders who featured in our earlier film Saving Africa’s Witch Children. We discover that even now children as young as two are still being stigmatised as witches and treated as outcasts. Gary Foxcroft of Lancaster-based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria also returns to Nigeria and discovers that since his last visit the rescue centre that houses many of these children was the target of an attack. He also learns that the number of children living there has in fact risen. Two-and-a-half-year-old Ellin is one such child. She was found at the side of the road, her body having been severely burnt with boiling water. Nwanakwo Udo Edet, around eight years old, wasn’t so fortunate. He had acid poured over him after being labelled a wizard and later died.

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