Archive for August, 2016

‘Child witches’ in the news

Earlier this month, the Telegraph posted a feature on Liberia’s ‘child witches’ on its website. It’s compelling, troubling and extremely well written – worthy of a read, if you can spare a couple of minutes. A similar article from the Guardian is also doing the rounds on social media. It’s not a new story, but still an important piece.

The phenomenon of witchcraft accusations against children is coming into the public eye, more and more. It’s a very uncomfortable experience, because it means we’re becoming aware of the sheer scale of the problem. But something is being done about it. The Stop Child Witchcraft Accusations coalition is¬†equipping churches and individuals to address witchcraft-related abuse. BCT is proud to be a part of SCWA. There’s a lot of work still to be done, but we’re glad to be a small part of the solution to this issue.

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Three things you might have missed

  1. It’s slipped by under the radar, but Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought for 50 years, which has led to a huge food crisis.
  2. Similarly, the news broke last week that 244,000 children have been left homeless in northern Nigeria, as a result of the government’s ineffective campaign against Boko Haram. Of those children, 50,000 face starvation, unless urgent treatment and food supplies get through.
  3. At the same time, research suggests that up to half of all food produce in the US is thrown away. According to The Guardian, Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a ‘cult of perfection’, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

I can’t help but be struck by the huge dissonance between people in Ethiopia and Nigeria starving and people in America throwing away half their food. Obviously¬†the issues are¬†far, far more complex than just sending excess food from the US and the UK to countries facing famine. But surely this news should give us pause. It should make us think about how we can be better stewards of the good things we have, and waste less. It should make us think about how we can give help and support to those who need it most deeply.

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