Children sacrificed to bring luck in Uganda elections – charity

A Karamojong tribe boy plays with a toy decorated with election posters in town of Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

By Yasin Kakande

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Six cases of the mutilation and murder of children as “good luck” sacrifices were reported during the recent Ugandan elections, a children’s charity said.

“Child sacrifice cases are common during election time as some people believe blood sacrifices will bring wealth and power,” said Shelin Kasozi of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM), a charity that cares for survivors of attempted child sacrifice.

She said the cases were reported from October to February in Ssembabule, Mukono, Buikwe and Mubende districts in central Uganda. Suspects had been apprehended, but the cases had yet to go to court, she said.

President Yoweri Museveni won a Feb. 18 election, extending his 30-year rule in a vote criticised by the United States and European Union. Ugandans also voted in municipal and parliamentary elections.

Moses Binoga, coordinator of the anti-trafficking task force at the interior ministry, said children had been reported missing in the election period. But he could not confirm KCM’s reports and said investigations were ongoing.

He said seven child and six adult sacrifice cases were reported in the country in 2015, compared to nine child and four adult sacrifice cases reported in 2014.

Binoga said the mutilated bodies of children and adults had been found, some with hearts or livers ripped out. In two cases reported last year the victims’ heads were missing, he said.

In a 2012 case, 82-year-old Hanifa Namuyanja was sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking part in the sacrifice of her granddaughter Shamim Nalwoga.

Police found the girl’s body with her tongue and eyes cut out and genitals mutilated, the court heard.

The United Nations said last year that attacks on albino people in Africa were on the rise, linked to a growing demand from political hopefuls for body parts prized in black magic in the run up to elections in several African countries.

(Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org to see more stories)

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4 comments

  1. Richard Simard

    God don’t need No children sacrifice, not even human sacrifice, but only lips Who give Glory Too our Lord Jesus-Christ.Amen.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Richard!

      This is a demonic practice which has been going on for thousands of years, it is demonic!

      Jesus Christ already sacrificed Himself on the cross, the only way for salvation!

      God bless!

  2. Christine

    This is demonic! I have also heard of children in Nigeria being thrown out of family homes because they are thought of as witches, they have to scavenge to find food and one was only 2yrs old and was so thin and infested with worms he was so sick he almost died but has been rescued by a Norwegian woman and a group that are rescuing some of these children and are building orphanages for them. We must pray pray pray! These people might stop if they are convinced that the only sacrifice necessary for blessing has already been made by God Himself.!
    Christine

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Christine!

      I just responded to another comment with the same statement you gave! It’s demonic in the purest sense!

      Jesus Christ already sacrificed Himself for us all!

      I am in agreement with you sister! Pray, pray, pray!

      God bless!

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