Congo “child witches” exorcised

These are headlines that can be straight from old times of ages gone by.  They are not, however. They are today. Now. Right now.

The UK DAILY MAIL is running a big spread in their latest Britwrappers telling the hidden story of the ‘demons’ in the Congo children.. 50,000 at least who are ‘exorcised’ in a brutal way to ‘beat the devil’ from their human bodies.

Nikki Fagge writes in more detail:

Squeezing a toddler’s eyeballs and shoving his thumb into her tiny nose a Catholic priest purges a child of the devil, one of many exorcisms he carries out every day.

Flicked with holy water, her face smeared with olive oil and poked violently in the stomach, two-and-a-half-year old Angel bursts into tears as she is rid of the evil spirits that lurk within her.

The child wriggles to free herself but her mother holds on firmly, insistent that she endures the exorcism to protect her from the sorcery that many in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) believe controls their lives.

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Angel and Grace, an 11-month-old baby exorcised the same day, have been ‘saved’ by the ceremony, the devil banished, and for now they remain safe in their homes.

But tens of thousands of other children in this troubled central African country have been branded ‘child’ witches and flung out onto the streets by their families into a life of destitution, violence and abuse.

MailOnline ventured into the frightening world of the occult in this African heartland, famously described as the ‘heart of darkness’, as part of series examining the challenges facing the United Nations trying to help these children. 

In the capital Kinshasa, at the Gallicane Catholic Church, Father Alexis Katziota Mungala talks almost matter of factly of his work releasing thousands of children from the devil.

Exorcism is a daily ritual he performs in his church.

‘These witches they eat human flesh, they drink human blood,’ Father Alexis told MailOnline.

The ‘rest of the story’ is told in more detail, and large photographs of the ‘demon children’ are showcased–children who look quite fine, quite beautiful, and quite normal. Normal except for a culture and parents who believe that demons must be ‘beat’ out of them.

Assaulted: Therese, pictured with other girls from the shelter where she lives, was taken to church where priests shoved their fingers into her mouth, checking for pieces of her grandmother's flesh. They didn't find any, but said the cyst on her head was filled with evilDevil: Back at Gallicane, Father Alexis - performing during the ceremony - explains what happens a little more. ‘It is the work of the devil. Witchcraft kills the love within the child,' he says. 'It fills them with hate, it makes them eat their father, fight with their brother'Changing the culture: Ettienne - known as 'Papa' to the boys he helps - hopes in the future he will no longer need to run his shelter, but for now he is focused on making them successful members of society. One, he tells MailOnline proudly, has even gone to university


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