Witch doctors are sacrificing children in Uganda, looking to turn the tide with miracles in the drought-stricken country, a new report says.
Officials in Uganda say the number of human sacrifices are on the rise, as the East African country battles its worst drought in more than half a century. More than 11 million people are facing food insecurity and more than 1.6 million are on the brink of famine.
“There is no food due to the ongoing drought, and some believe that this has been brought by ancestral spirits,” Joel Mugoya, a traditional, told the Religion News Service, according to USA Today. “So there is a high desire for people to conduct sacrifices so that they come out of this problem.”
Sacrifices often involve removing body parts, blood or tissue while the child is alive.
“It’s a brutal ritual that destroys the lives of our children and affects their parents mentally,” said Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga, leader of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries. “We are working with police to arrest witch…