HRW says some 70% of street children in the capital, Kinshasa, are outcasts, after being accused of witchcraft. Specialised pastors perform ceremonies to rid children of evil spirits and they can be held for days without food and sometimes whipped to confess.
Children who are HIV-positive are also susceptible to abuse and abandonment. “Child sorcerers have the power to transmit any disease, including Aids, to their family members,” a pastor of a revival church in Mbuji-Mayi told HRW.
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