How can we help wrongly accused little children wrongly labeled "Africa child witches"

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Have you heard of "Africa child witches" where some Pentecostal churches wrongly accuse little children of being witches if they cry in church or if there is any misfortune in the family? These children are abused, abandoned and or killed. How can we help them?
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Karen

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Karen

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This happens alot in Africa. The pastors get these parents to pay a lot of money to the church to have the
pastor try to get rid of the demon. Then the pastor tells the parents to abuse or abandon or kill their child, because their child has caused whatever misfortune the family has had. Some parents have
made a little girl to sit on fire, tied her up with chicken wire, beaten her, - for 2 weeks, and starved her. Some are lucky to escape alive, or some are rejected by their parents, and communities, and hunted down to be killed.
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This started by a Nigerian Evangelist, Helen Ukpabio. She goes around "evangelizing", teaching about "How to eradicate witchcraft"  - how to see if a parent's 2 year old child is a witch - if the baby
or child screams and cries during the night and is feverish, the child is branded a witch by her or the church! Or if the child is not interested in school, etc. And the parents believe it!
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Maybe Helen needs a Damascus road encounter with Jesus or something similar to it to open her eyes. Nothing works like a prayer for conviction that can happen very quickly. God has moved quickly for me before.
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Karen, this does sound very disturbing. We do not work in Nigeria currently, and to be honest, I have not heard of this particular witchcraft issue. We only partner with churches that have a clear calling and commitment to ministering to children. We also train staff that children are precious gifts from God. Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me." Children are may sometimes be seen as the least of these but they are the greatest in the Kingdom of God and we are to serve them out of reverence for our Savior. However, you bring up a good point of some of the challenges (both physical and spiritual) that we come up against in our ministry. Thank you for your prayers for our ministry, that the light would prevail despite immense darkness and spiritual warfare in the communities where we work. 

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