Not to long ago, an eight year old girl was starved and tortured in London, England. She was denied food and water for three days and had suffered a total of forty-three injuries to various body parts. She was cut, kicked, repeatedly whipped with a belt, had chilli peppers rubbed into her eyes and was once put in a bag and her abusers threatened to drown her. Most shocking of all is that these horrendous acts were performed by members of her own family.
During the court hearing this little girl was referred to as “Child B” and it was discovered that her “devout Christian” family had tortured her to “drive out” a kindoki spirit.
The eight year old’s mother and aunt were convinced that she had been possessed by Kindoki. While being interviewed in prison the Aunt explained how Kindoki was being openly preached in the UK by church leaders, who were fear mongering the idea.
It is a regular routine for children in some African countries to be accused of being witches or to be possessed by a Kindoki spirit and this behaviour is particularly strong in the Democratic Republic of Congo and although it is illegal to accuse children of witchcraft there, revivalist churches preaching the benefits of child exorcism have gained greater influence in the past decade.
Bad luck or misfortune in everyday life, according to their beliefs, are connected to the Kindoki curse. Church goers who seek advise from their pastors are told that they can only find relief by exercising the Kindoki spirit from their child, involving beatings and other mistreatment.
It amazes me that these people who teach others to commit these horrific acts cannot see that the very idea is evil in itself. These misguided beliefs are dangerous and its understandable that such mystical beliefs are taught to and by, uneducated people. However, these ideas being taught in the UK are just another example of people taking advantage of free speech. (525)Luke