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DRC: Street kids

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, D.R. of Congo, Human Rights, War & Conflict, Youth

Adventures of a Retired Armchair Traveller reports on street kids in Kinshasa [1] and points to an article which writes that the children are…”being beaten, abused, starved, thrown out of their homes which brings all the hardships and dangers of living on the street, at least in part because fear of witchcraft is cultivated among their parents. Preachers are consulted as to whether the children are possessed. The consultation demands a fee, and the resulting ‘exorcism’ based on an answer of yes, your child is possessed, requires an additional fee.”