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-Uganda: Ritual Sacrifice of Children is on the Rise

by Dr. D ~ April 6th, 2010

A child in Uganda.
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The practice of human sacrifice is on the rise in Uganda and children seem to be the most popular victims of choice. Some witch doctors in Uganda still use ritual killing and the sacrifice of human body parts to assure health and wealth for their clients.

The authorities really don’t know how many have been murdered in ritual killings but at least 15 children and 14 adults, are confirmed according to police. The informal count is much higher and at least 154 suspects were arrested last year and 50 of those ended up in court cases for suspected ritual killings.

Response: This is really an incredible turn of events. It is hard for us in the US to even conceive of an environment or culture that would encourage or condone human sacrifice, especially of children. Though those in the African Christian community point to Western countries and condemn the millions of abortions that we tolerate and the babies that we sacrifice to the gods of convenience.

Islam and Christianity are battling over religious dominance in that country but in the meantime animist religion and witch doctors are on the rise and plying their ancient religious rites and rituals. The most vulnerable –Children, seem to be at risk. Interestingly the animists priests demand the the children be perfect and reject those with pierced ears or tattoos. So many parents are protecting their children through piercing their ears.            *Top

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