Poverty And Illiteracy Are Causes To Witch Accusation In Africa

 

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Emotional picture of the little-neglected child accused of witchcraft taking some water from Anja

Africa literacy facts reveal more than 1 in 3 adults cannot read.  182 million adults are unable to read and write and 48 million youths (ages 15-24) are illiterate. 22% of primary aged children are not in school, adding up to about 30 million primary aged children out of school.

With such a high rate of illiteracy, coupled with poverty, Africa is much influenced by superstition. Till now many societies in Africa are often immersed in beliefs such as witchcraft, ghosts, spirits etc, putting the lives of many people, including children and old women in danger.

The story of this innocent starved, naked little boy, went viral when accused of being a witch in Nigeria and was shunned by the community as a result. His story has come to light after a picture of a Danish woman  Anja Ringgren Lovén feeding the little boy, now named Hope, went viral.

Anja is the founder of the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, which attempts to save ‘witch children’ and change attitudes of Nigerian communities towards this archaic and cruel practice.

                         When a child is accused of being a witch by any member of the village, with many times accusations coming from the child’s parents themselves, they are often tortured or killed.
Parents risk being killed if they let their child stay after an accusation. Anja’s foundation is working hard to help educate the local communities, many of which are poor and uneducated, which keeps this practice alive. When she posted this photo of Hope on her     Facebook, she accompanied it with a powerful message.
                       “Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen the torture of children, dead children, and frightened children. This footage shows why I fight. Why I sold everything I own. Why I’m moving out in uncharted territory,” she said. “I have chosen to call the boy Hope for right now, we all hope that he survives.”
                        Today he is doing well, with daily blood transfusions and a loving group of volunteers taking care of him.
                          Last year, seven people in the East African country of Tanzania were killed following accusations of witchcraft. They were attacked and burnt to death by a mob of villagers who accused them of engaging in witchcraft.
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Hope, the new name of the child saved by Anja recovering.

Incest: Can A Brother Marry His Own Sister?

 

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Is incest is no more a taboo? Brothers marrying sisters is now becoming common

Superstition, beliefs and performing of rituals are associated with many tribes and ethnic groups, in different parts of the world. There are many things considered a taboo. For example, Saturday is Sabbath for the Jews. It is a day for religious services and abstinence from work. Clans, tribes and people carrying out traditional values, believe in punishment when the law is broken.

Something from ages people considered a taboo is an incest: Sexual intercourse between very closely related people. But as the generation advances some of these taboos are no longer taken into consideration. Son sleeps with his mother, a father has carnal knowledge with his daughter. The news is disturbing, but they are true.

Incest is a common issue these days, even though it is illegal or prohibited.There are many stories of accidental incest love affairs. For example, a Brazilian couple looking for their mothers who abandoned them when they were children, found out later that they were searching for the same person.

Leandro had no knowledge that she lives with her own sister, Adriana. They already had a six-year daughter in their seven- year common-law marriage. That’s accidental anyway, but it’s hard to believe that now a days, many young men can’t resist the nakedness of their own sisters, hmm!

A young man interviewed over his relation with his sister said “I don’t see anything wrong with this. People look at us like we are from a different planet. I love my sister and we have a baby now.” The question is, does incest poses any health hazard? The Holy Bible speaks against incest in many ways.

Also, social scientists believe that children from incestuous affairs have higher risks for hereditary disorders. Whatever people may view incest, we have to admit that we are now in a world, people will go to the extent of fulfilling their heart wishes and desires, without thinking of any future consequences.

That ‘golden box’ God gave a woman is the most powerful thing on earth, which can push a man to follow any direction without looking back. If you want to be sure of what I’m saying, ask former American president Bill Clinton, he will tell you more about Monica Lewinsky and ask golf superstar, Tiger Woods, he also has a story to share with  Joslyn James. The two great men lost focus and concentration because of the power of the ‘Golden Box.’

How Bible Education Promotes Literacy

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The Bible is the best read book in the world. Its powerful teachings have transformed people to live a peaceful, healthy and happy life.

“Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and means for social and human development.”- UNESCO

According to an investigation, worldwide over 700 million people aged between 15 and above cannot read or write. Due to this problem, they are unable to explore a vast world of knowledge, including the fine moral and spiritual teachings written in the Bible. There are many organisations helping countries, especially in the Third World to cultivate the habit of reading to improve their standard of education, but the Jehovah’s Witnesses incorporate literacy training into their program of Bible education is gradually changing lives in many countries.

In Mexico predominantly Spanish-speaking country, since the year 1946, the Witnesses have taught more than 152,000 people to read and write, and many students later becoming teachers themselves. The government of the countries which the Witnesses have made significant impact to improve the reading standard of the people, has letters to the Witnesses in recognition of their work. One of the letters states: “This General Board of Education acknowledges and congratulates you for your cooperation in the development of the Adult Education Program.”

Throughout Africa, intensive teachings of the words of Jehovah in the Holy Bible, have helped thousands to read and write. Aside, it has also helped many young people to lead meaningful lives. Literacy is indeed a precious asset that opens up a world of learning. But above all literacy enables people of all sorts to read the Bible, a divinely inspired book that can set them free from enslaving superstitions, false religious beliefs and hurtful behaviour.

Aids And Ebola Are Not Curses From God, They Are Medical Crimes

By Joel Savage and Johan Van Dongen

Polio 3Diseases are easily inflicted on Africans through contaminated vaccines.

 

Africa is a continent dominantly influenced by beliefs, traditional values, and superstitions. Close observation or research could also reveal that lack of education and poverty play a significant role in the thoughts of people, tribes, and individuals. Influenced by many outdated superstitions many tribes in Africa ignorantly consider certain issues as taboo or punishment from God.

Madagascar, for example, is one of the strongest superstitions countries off the coast of Africa. They believe that twins bring bad luck to the community and to this day, still hold this primitive ideology and philosophy about twins. According to history, twins are immediately separated, killed or abandoned in the forest after birth.

Why? To avoid the harsh punishment from the traditional chief and the community, families don’t keep twins. One of the bad lucks they believe could happen to them if families keep twins is the whole villagers would die. Lack of education, poverty, beliefs and superstition influence Africans, in such a way that they blame gods, ancestors, witches, wizards, and God for every misfortune.

It is unfortunate that till now many Africans still believe that Aids and Ebola are curses from God, to punish Africa for something they have done that has provoked God. While many Africans hold such view, it gives more room for America and Europe to continue testing their devilish vaccines on Africans.

According to Professor Johan Van Dongen, the Dutch scientist, and micro-surgeon, who got into trouble after revealing that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes, almost every vaccine made in America and Europe are tested on Africans to see the result. This has created an easy access to inflict on Africa certain diseases, such as Aids and Ebola.

This is not an accusation but a simple fact because Africa is a continent easy to penetrate by the West and America. The desperate African leaders always depend on Europe and America for miraculous solutions to their problems. The leaders come to Europe and America with various sizes of bowls to beg for food and financial aid. Thus; it is very easy to commit medical crimes in Africa and they are done unnoticed, under the nose of African leaders.

My experience in Europe for many years, reveals that the West and America view Africans leaders as stupid, ignorant and foolish. As an African, I know that African leaders aren’t stupid, but rather weak and helpless, the reason they find it very hard to confront Europe and America over crimes they commit in Africa. How do you expect Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone leaders to confront the West and America over Ebola in those countries when they desperately need help from the West and America?

Unfortunately, that’s unprofessional and cowardly act by Africans leaders, especially Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, to remain silent over medical crimes in Africa. They want to remain humble and good servants in the eyes of the West and America, but they see them as ignorant, stupid and lazy. In fact, African leaders are the source of mockery in the West and America. You can easily notice this as a journalist residing in Europe than Africa.

African leaders have a long way to go. They have to know that Europe and America will not help them to develop Africa because they can’t stand competition. Question: if they need to help Africa toward its development, where will they continue testing their new vaccines to combat diseases? Again where would they dump their unwanted nuclear and biological waste materials? The reason poverty alleviation remains an illusion than reality.

African leaders have so many challenges to face and tasks to execute, to avoid the next serious disease, stronger than Aids and Ebola, to be inflicted on the entire population of Africa. This is easy like one-two-three for European and American scientists because they are intelligent and thirsty to destroy Africa. If Aids and Ebola diseases, which were created in laboratories, have taken such huge number of Africans into their untimely grave, then you should know what they can do today and in the future.