“We suspect those children to be witches or wizards. That’s why we eliminate them”

Campaign Tackles Baby-killing Ritual in Nigeria

Nine-month-old David drops to his knees, crawls toward a bottle of milk on the counter and begins to whimper. A young lady picks him up and rests him on her hips.

“David,” she says. “Are you a hungry boy?” David coos and grins. “What about Davida? Is she hungry?”

Davida is sleeping on one of the dozens of cots that line the yellow walls in the nursery.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “I am as free as nature first made man,
    Ere the base laws of servitude began,
    When wild in woods the noble savage ran.”

    Feel free to curse John Dryden’s play “The Conquest of Granada” (1672) for that fabulously wrong trope that is as much a danger to humanity as communism ever was.

    • BillyHW

      Maybe if I had just used one more part of the buffalo, these children could have been saved?

  • BillyHW

    Africa, proving Mel Lastman right each and every day.

  • Maggat

    Let them live. They and those that want to kill them because they are witches and wizards should be seriously considered as future immigrants to Canada. They will be shining examples of diversity.

  • Martin B

    “The babies were killed, and afterward the family erected an altar. The family believes the spirits of the twin babies live in the altar, and twice a year the family offers sacrifices of chickens and goats to the spirits, believing that this will prevent them from coming back to haunt the community”

    You wouldn’t have to worry about their spirits coming back to haunt you if you hadn’t KILLED them you fucking ignorant savages.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Do NOT judge them!

  • Watchman

    It won’t be a problem if these potential victims and the people who are inclined to hurt them are brought to the West. As soon as their feet touch the ground in the West, their attitudes will change and the old harmful practices will cease.
    Oh, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-15280776 , and http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-29530936
    Maybe it will take a bit longer to change. Let’s check back after 100 years or so, and see if things have improved.

    I think after that time there won’t be any issues with these practices in, say, Britain as it will be a Shari’a state by then and behaviour like this will have been stamped out.

    • tom_billesley

      “Honour killing” is an entirely different matter.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “These days, some communities are willing to give away “evil children,” rather than kill them. Ajayi says this is a sign of progress. “They don’t kill them, but they don’t want them,” he said.”


  • k1962

    People with those kinds of belief would make great immigrant wouldn’t they? After all, all cultures are equal.

  • Hey, remember when people said things like “all cultures have something valuable to offer”?

    Like this one?

  • Dana Garcia

    Wait, the last time I read about witchcraft in Africa, it was quite popular — and in Obama Sr.’s hometown too!


  • tom_billesley

    Ritual killing brought to UK from Nigeria.
    Ten days after 9/11 a boy’s torso dressed in red shorts was found on 21 September 2001 near Tower Bridge in central London. His arms, legs and head had been expertly cut off. Detectives named him “Adam”. Forensic tests indicated he was from Benin City, Nigeria.

  • simus1

    The evil practices of tribalism are many but the greatest curse is communal land ownership which sustains all of them.

  • Frances

    The belief that twins are unlucky was in many indigenous cultures, possibly because they rarely survived, and possibly for other reasons.. Didn’t hear they were killed though; Pauline Johnson in one of her stories tells about the birth of twins and the consequences.

    It’s not that many years ago that a woman in the NWT, when told she had given birth to twins, said she could not have because she only had sex with her husband.