Aiding Children Accused of Witchcraft
Fordham University School of Law
March 14, 2011
The Huffington Post, March 2011
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper
My law students’ research revealed that witchcraft accusations against children in countries including Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria have increased in recent years, sparked and sustained in part by unrelenting poverty and conflict, family structures weakened by HIV/AIDS, and burgeoning religious sects that encourage child witch-hunts. These accusations often result in tragic tales of child abuse and abandonment.
During the mobile legal-aid clinic we proposed potential solutions tailored to each client's case, such as legal advice dissuading clients from making witchcraft accusations and police referral letters in serious cases of violence. But with some cases, we had to humbly accept that the power of the law is not always enough.
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Date posted: March 22, 2011
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