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CHANNEL 4, UK – Dispatches Documentary: Saving Africa ’s ‘Witch’ Children

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On Wednesday, 12 November 2008, Channel 4 Dispatches broadcasted a documentary titled ‘Saving Africa's Witch Children’. The documentary exposes some of the atrocities committed against children in some parts of Nigeria today. We believe that there are still more similar and maybe worse atrocities committed against innocent children all over Africa. These children have Human Rights and it is up to us to uphold that. Your support is needed to be a voice for these harmless children who are being wrongfully accused. We need to get as many signatures as possible in order to present our protest to the Nigerian Government and other agencies. To achieve the above, we are petitioning/ asking the Government to implement the following: • Immediately enforce the protection of these children and indeed all vulnerable children, and to prosecute the culpable parties in this case and other incidents of child abuse in the country • That movies are properly certified so that movies with fetish or macabre contents which are inappropriate for consumption by children are duly certified for adult view only. Also, that Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) bans all home videos that promote the stigmatisation of children as 'witches'. • Institute an enlightenment campaign/ Awareness programme condemning child brutalization • Provide rehabilitation of these children Please sign the petition below. Excerpt from the program: ‘In some of the poorest parts of Nigeria, where evangelical religious fervour is combined with a belief in sorcery and black magic, many thousands of children are being blamed for catastrophes, death and famine - and branded witches by powerful pastors. These children are then abandoned, tortured, starved and murdered - all in the name of Jesus Christ. This Dispatches Special follows the work of one Englishman, 29-year-old Gary Foxcroft, who has devoted his life to helping these desperate and vulnerable children. Gary’s charity, Stepping Stones Nigeria, raises funds to help Sam Itauma, who five years ago, rescued four children accused of witchcraft. He now struggles to care for over 150 in a makeshift shelter and school in the Niger Delta region called CRARN (Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network).’ For more information on the program, please see: God bless you as you help our African children.


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