Children Accused of Witchcraft: An anthropological study of contemporary practices in Africa

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UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund

A report from UNICEF’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa using anthropological studies and reports from aid agencies to shed light on the growing accusations of witchcraft against children. According to the report, accusations seem to arise from ‘multi-crisis’ situations and usually affect children who are already vulnerable. Essential steps include conducting studies into local beliefs and practices to better understand the source of accusations, as well as engaging with communities and traditional and spiritual leaders. The report also suggests promoting legal reform to decriminalize witchcraft, in order to better protect children.

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