I want to take a moment and turn the spotlight away from books and towards Safe Child: Africa.
Safe Child Africa works to support and protect children accused of witchcraft by removing the child from danger, giving them much needed medical attention, putting a roof over their head and taking legal action. They also work with communities in Nigeria as well as international agencies to prevent the abuse of so called child 'witches.' This organization is in need of support so please read on and find out how you can help.
This Halloween, we urgently need your support to help children, toddlers and babies who’ve been accused of witchcraft. The crimes inflicted on them are sickening. Many will be abused and tortured. Others may even be murdered.
That’s why I’m writing to ask you to donate £5 of your ‘Trick or treat’ money to help us give a traumatised child shelter for a night.
These accusations aren’t part of some Halloween-inspired game. There’s no fancy dress, no face-paint. This is all too devastatingly, shockingly real. Our research shows that 80% of accused children will run away or be abandoned by their parents.
Just think about that for a second. A parent abandoning their child because they believe they’re a witch. And this is something that’s happening day after day, week after week.
It’s so important that these children have somewhere to turn – and that’s just what our Safe Child Emergency Centre offers. But this centre wouldn’t exist without the ongoing generosity of people like you. We receive no government funding.
That’s why we urgently – and I mean urgently – need your support this Halloween. Please can you donate £5 to fund the first night for a child in our emergency centre? Or better still, set up a monthly Direct Debit for the same amount.
Our centre gives children protection, medical care, legal support and counseling. Children receive a comfortable bed and, most importantly, are cared for by adults who know they’re just a little boy or girl, not a witch.
For some children, this will be the first time in their young life that they feel safe. And that feeling – that sense of security – is something only people like you can make possible.
So please – donate £5 or whatever you can afford and help pay for a child’s first night in our emergency centre.
To donate now, visit http://www.safechildafrica.org/fund-first-night
Dr Emilie Secker