The purpose of our blog is to discuss topical issues, stories, and situations, as well as to share what we are up to and new ways for you to get involved. We are always searching for possible answers to the question: Why is a girl's worth culturally and historically relative?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Children Accused of Witchcraft Living in the Streets

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
Head Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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