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4 children killed by Haiti witch doctor

2012-08-03 20:32

Port-Au-Prince - Four children from the same family have been found dead in Haiti after being treated by a witch doctor who claimed to be able to cure them of a mysterious illness, a local official said on Friday.

"Three girls and a boy, the eldest of whom was seven years old and the youngest only 15 months, suffered abuse from the healer who was treating them," said Wilfrid Brisson, an official from the southern town of Marbial said.

"They were then abandoned in their mother's bed."

According to neighbours, the sorcerer - who was assisted by his brother - persuaded the victims' mother that the children were possessed by a demon and said he could rid their soul of the devil.

The witch doctor and his brother beat the children repeatedly, in steps they said were necessary to expel the demon, and the youngsters died from the blows, said Brisson.

The alleged killers have apparently fled to the capital Port-au-Prince. An investigation by authorities in Marbial is under way and the children's mother is in custody.

About half of Haiti's population is believed to practice the voodoo religion in some form, though many are thought to also follow other religious beliefs at the same time. Sorcery and spiritual magic have been incorporated into some of the beliefs.

Voodoo evolved out of the beliefs that slaves from West Africa brought with them to Haiti. It is now deeply rooted in Haitian culture.

Western evangelical Christian movements, however, have also made inroads in Haiti.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-08-03 21:35

    He studied at Juju's School of traditional medicine, Voodoo and Woodwork.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-08-04 00:29

      Does everything have to be about JuJu - The president of Kazakstan said it best after the Borat movie : "Any publicity is good publicity." You may as well be in his employ?

      rdakada - 2012-08-04 15:03

      rdakada - 2012-08-04 15:04

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-04 15:32

      Happens here all the time. Don't ever eat in an african soup kitchen. LOL!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-04 09:35

    it's sad when parents subject their children to these unpleasant rituals because of their own outdated believes. those guys are frauds, everyone who's brought to them MUST have a tokoloshe of sorts coz god forbid they let a customer go!

  • mnmwale - 2012-08-04 19:17

    It is really sad that in this age of science and technology we still have people whose mentality and culture belong to the dark age. This is proof that the United Nations is failing to bring its essential services to those societies that need its services the most. The people of Haiti are one such society. Education is sorely needed there. It is really sad that these four little innocent chilldren could face such a brutal and painful death at the hands of these ignorant adults called witches. This is the saddest news I have had to read so far thìs year. I have even lost appettite. I feel as if these were my own children. And in my saddness, and for the first time in many years, I found myself fumbling about for the holy book to the seek verse in wich Jesus Christ lamented something like this: \Why should my people perish becaure of ignorance? Seek the truth and the truth shall set you free\.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-05 11:02

    I am certainly moved by this tragic and unnecessary loss of young lives. Was just wondering if we could get the same 2 witchdoctors to treat some of our politicians!

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