Leo Igwe, a skeptical activist in Nigeria, reports on a conference he attended that frankly addressed the horrific problem of witchcraft accusations in Africa.
I just returned from a two-day conference on Witchcraft Branding, Spirit Possession and Safeguarding African Children. The conference was organised by a UK based charity, Africans United Against Child Abused (AFRUCA). The aim of the conference was to mobilize the faith communities against the practice of witchcraft branding by highlighting the negative impact of this phenomenon and the belief in spirit possession on African children in the UK and in Africa.
Leo noted that the conference was attended by activists, various governmental and non-governmental organisations, and even church leaders and other witchcraft believers, whom, he noted, were uncomfortable with the criticism displayed. He advocates the strategy of directly challenging the belief in witchcraft – a bold approach. He is partnering with the JREF to “respond in a more organized and grassroots way to the growing superstitious beliefs about witchcraft throughout the continent of Africa” – a noble cause. Watch for more on this in the coming weeks.