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A Cruel Tradition In Congo: When Kids Die, Witch-Hunts Target Parents


World  (tags: children, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', africa, ethics, death, society, news )

Cal
- 528 days ago - worldcrunch.com
It is a tradition here in the western Congolese province of Bandundu. When children die, their friends retaliate by attacking their parents



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:20 pm

Very cruel, and a long standing belief in witches that feeds this.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 2:55 am
It's a lack of eduction and pure ignorance that leads people to behave in this cruel and stupid manner.The government and what teachers are available are to blame.This type of behavior has no place in a civilized world The parents of these unfortunate children have enough to contend with nurturing their grief over the loss of a loved one without worrying about being attacked by a bunch of ignorant dimwits..
 

caroline s. (79)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:52 am
Thank you for this enlightening article. Ignorance and lack of education are so dangerous /:-((
 

Tammy Baxter (9)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:23 am
wow
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:33 am
I hope the Congo puts more witch hunters in prison.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:50 am
Sadly noted.!!
 

Jaime A. (32)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:52 am
It's a lack of eduction and pure ignorance, another tragedy.!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:05 am
That's terrible.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:35 am
What is wrong with people?
 

Vivien Green (150)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:44 am
Noted with sadness very grime news.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:09 am
noted
 

Mary E. (124)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:19 am
wow, never would have known such actions take place- so sad.....
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:25 am
SIGH....the belief in magic is world-wide, isn't it?
 

Diane B. (275)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 1:19 pm
what a cruel tradition !
 

Kate Mooney (1)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:38 pm
Sickening at best... Though we don't know how to live in the jungle, or how their religion works either. We are viewing this with Western eyes, makes a huge difference. Think about America when people practiced the Jim Crowe Laws, whites murdering black, left and right. People even of that time in this country didn't think people of color were even people.... The Congo has been in wars for years, the value of life is very low there, sad to say. I do believe civilization will soon come knocking, at least I hope so.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:17 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:59 pm
Bloody awful
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:06 pm
I could cry
 

Penny C. (79)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:11 pm
heartbreaking.
 

alicia m. (100)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:34 am
noted, gracias y gracias david
 

Sherri G. (111)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:44 am
Noted thank you bringing us this story - Belief in witches must be addressed first to stop this atrocity.
 

anne r. (23)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:13 pm
Superstituion and old beliefs are too prevelent here. This is not true but hard to convince or change their way of thinking. Hope this changes or they find a way for it to change.
 

Yvonne F. (170)
Monday June 3, 2013, 7:53 am
How horrific!!!!! Education is the way forward!!! Thanks Cal
 

Kate Mooney (1)
Friday June 7, 2013, 4:06 pm
It is all to sad! Things similar to this happen all around the world. Education might be the answer, but religion of any kind always get in the way.
 
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