His Excellency, Barr.Godswill Obot Akpabio The Executive Governor of...His Excellency, Barr.Godswill Obot Akpabio The Executive Governor of Akwa, StateIbom State, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Human Rights Watch see more
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by June 8, 2008
Please help me put an end to this horrible thing these greedy pastors are doing in the name of Christianity!
Evangelical pastors are helping to create a terrible new campaign of violence against young Nigerians. Children and babies branded as evil are being abused, abandoned and even murdered while the preachers make money out of the fear of their parents and their communities
The rainy season is over and the Niger Delta is lush and humid. This southern edge of West Africa, where Nigeria's wealth pumps out of oil and gas fields to bypass millions of its poorest people, is a restless place. In the small delta state of Akwa Ibom, the tension and the poverty has delivered an opportunity for a new and terrible phenomenon that is leading to the abuse and the murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. And it is being done in the name of Christianity.
We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the way children of Esit Eket are being treated by some pastors of churches.
We have heard that the pastors label children as witches to scare parents into paying money for deliverance's.
As a result of this the children are abandoned, cast out into the street, abused, starved, beaten, tortured and killed.
These pastors are living in beautiful homes and driving around in expensive cars. If these pastors truly cared, the children would not be suffering while the pastors are living a wealthy life. Pastors are supposed to help not hinder.
A child of about 12 years lying down in her urine at Ibaka Market in Mbo L.G.A. She sub-conscious at the moment I (Sam Ikpe-Itauma, President of CRARN) just picked her to the hospital. A Naval Officer at forward Operation Base Ibaka yester sent a distress called on her behalf for CRARN to come and rescue. She has wounds all over her body and cannot eat solid food at the moment. Picture taken in early April.
We are asking you to send someone to investigate and monitor the churches to insure the safety of the children.
Please also consider educating the communities on:
1. Ways to prevent child abuse. 2. Ways to prevent children used in forced labor. 3. Facts about AIDS and HIV as for some believe that if they rape a child they will no longer have AIDS or HIV. 4. Ways to prevent child trafficking.
We are pleading with you to insure the safety of the children.
If this continues there will be no future for Nigeria.
What if this was happening to your child? We know that you would find a way to stop this horrible abuse immediately. Take a stand and act now to insure Nigeria's future.
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