Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Child Witchcraft

If you needed another reason to be grateful that you live in a modern society, here it is: Accusations of Child Witchcraft on the Rise in Africa.

A report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that allegations of witchcraft conducted by children are increasing in parts of Africa, with thousands of children attacked, beaten or killed. Most of the victims are boys aged 8 to 14, with orphans, street children, albinos, and disabled as the most at risk.

The UNICEF report cites urbanization, poverty, war and the economic burden of raising children as some of the factors that contribute to the problem, which is a relatively recent phenomenon that dates back 10 to 20 years. Before this, according to the UNICEF researchers, women and the elderly were the ones most often accused.

Crimes against children are truly some of the most despicable that I can imagine. There is a case for child witchcraft to be made, though ... I am bewitched every day by the world's most adorable grandchildren:

Marcy, Noah and Joe ...

Leya ...

and Elise ...

That's my kind of witchcraft!

Have a good day. Protect the children. More thoughts tomorrow.

Bilbo

6 comments:

Amanda said...

Those are beautiful photos. They are all very bewitching!

Gotfam said...

aww...great post! so stinkin' cute!!

Anonymous said...

I will immediately contact my primary sources to enable a high power response to the gauntlet you have thrown down for a photographic duel (Better put on your anit-cuteness armor, for you are going to be struck by a cute storm. You realize I would never deign to respond were the pictures you posted not so obviously world-class cute!

Eminence Grise

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Yes sir, your grandkids sure do have a case of the cutes!

KathyA said...

How horrid and evil.

I know what you mean by being bewitched -- your grand babies are gorgeous!! If anyone would have told me how much I could love these little gifts (we have two grand daughters), I wouldn't have believed them. There is NOTHING like it!!

Mike said...

It happened again. I got side tracked on the link and never came back to post. ADD maybe. Definitely not ADHD.

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