History has shown that the value of a child may be culturally relative, but they universally bear the brunt of adult neuroses.
Today an estimated 14,000 children in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo alone have been accused of witchcraft and cast into the streets--as if the devastation by HIV/AIDS, orphaning, war, and poverty were not enough. Children are said to be witches when the stove breaks, or they are possessed by demons if they have wide eyes and a swollen belly (perhaps they are hungry?)--arbitrary accusations to warrant expelling them from their homes. In the streets, many girls are forced to become prostitutes, further 'confirming' their outcast status.
However, this is not a spiritual crisis--it is an economic one. When there is no explanation or excuse, blaming the most vulnerable is the easy way out.
-Ashley E. Remer
Girl Museum Inc.