Human stupidity dictates that no matter where you go, whatever bastion of civilization you visit, there will be a small group of selfish bastards making money for themselves by pointing at a group of people and saying, "There is the Devil!" It always seems to have to do with religion; whether it's hatred of Jews, hatred of gays, hatred of Muslims, or hatred of "witches," there will always be someone stoking the flames of denial and hate and saying that they are doing "the work of the Lord."
This is why certain areas of the world, especially in Africa and some parts of India, people are hysterically afraid of the power of "witches." Yes, even in the 21st century where the Internet, TV, and satellite cell phones have brought civilization to the farthest corners of the planet, people still think "witches" are engaging in Satanic rituals meant to make people sick, wither body parts, turn them into frogs, sail across the sea in eggshells, fornicate with the Devil, with the dead, or with your own wife or daughter; and all sorts of ridiculous superstitious beliefs that are simply inconceivable in this day and age.
This all seems silly and harmless at first glance – except for the fact that people's lives are being ruined and lost over this. What's more, the worst form of this hysteria doesn't only involve witches. In many African countries, children are accused of being witches, often at an age where they are barely learning to walk. The specter of "child witches" is driving a wedge through the hearts of many families, and it is resulting in children being disowned by their parents, thrown out of their homes and forced to live in the street, and even being attacked, abused, or murdered because of the asinine idea that a six-year-old boy or girl can be "a witch."
And guess what? There are "witch hunters" who've made a good living by accusing children of being witches. While professing to their clients (suckers) that they are hunting witches "in the name of Jesus," these "witch hunters" go about the business of founding their own little cults which allow their members to feel stronger when they point their fingers at children and say, "There's a witch!"
In late 2008, UK Channel 4 TV ran a documentary ("Saving Africa's Witch Children" – see also here: ) exposing the worst of these self-proclaimed "witch hunters," and revealing the plight of the thousands – yes, thousands – of homeless children spread across Africa who want nothing more than to have their families take them back.
If Psychic Surgeons take advantage of the desperately ill by taking money and cheating them, so do "witch hunters" take advantage of superstition and condemn innocent children in the process. But hey, it's okay – they're doing the work of Jesus!
For an example of what these maggots are like, you can take a look at the Web site for Helen Ukpabio, who has made a name for herself making horror films which reveal the ugly truth about child witches. If you've seen Stephen King's Children of the Corn and come away believing that this is a hard-hitting documentary about demon-possessed children, then you'll be sure to sign up for Miss Ukpabio's following…except that in her case, she's making these movies to tell us all the truth about child witches.
Meanwhile, for the other point of view, you can take a look at the Children of Nigeria blog, which provides real, personal stories of outcast children accused of witchcraft.
Here's an organization dedicated to helping the innocent victims of Africa's witch hunters – the Childs Rights and Rehabilitation Network: www.crarn.net