Bountifully, Africa has given much to the world of journalism: AIDS, Ebola, drugs, rape, child abuse, famine, blood diamonds, genocide, Apartheid, governmental corruption and now thankfully...WITCHCRAFT
Over the past few years I've heard many the occasional vague rumour of heartrending stories possibly involving children, as young as 2 hrs old being labeled as 'witches', 'wizards' and 'warlocks'.
Therefore, after a whole powder infused evening spent partying with crazy Arab princes and intimidating African businessmen, I found myself in the grip of a raw unadulterated journalistic frenzy of hunger, and therefore drove the twelve miles from my top-spec Marbella holiday villa to Gibraltar, payed my 5 euros to park in Safeway's carpark and intrepidly took the very reliable 20 minute pan-continental Tangier foot ferry to what some crazy moon folk call 'the cradle of mankind'.
Apparently these accusation are often made by their very own parents, babysitters and care givers. During my 2 hr in-depth research trip to The Dark Continent, I was fortunate enough to be able to interview many of these poor unfortunates.
Kunta, a whiny slack bottomed doe eyed 12 yr old boy from Rhodesia told how he, after his drunken father lost his wallet, and his mother broke a nail, was accused of being a witch and was cast out of his home into the bush.
Sade, a sour faced girl with mediocre breasts from way down deep in the middle of the Congo, tearfully recounted the day her new much better looking baby sister was born and was therefore branded a witch and violently chased out of her village.
However for every tale of woe:
Zsar Zsarday Mugabe: a 13 yr old healthy specimen, somewhat maliciously shared a rather contrived and dramatic memory of an incident in which her dedicated mother couldn't afford her annual school fees. Subsequently she was branded a witch and made to walk around her staff's compound wearing a sign around her neck that read : 'No Pay For Staff Again This Year - As a Witch, It's My Fault'.
Coming soon - African Child Witches: The Truth