Breaking News Report: AFAW Condemns Witch Burning In Cross River State, Calls for Arrest and Prosecution of Thomas Obi Tawo (AKA General Iron)

By Leo Igwe  The attention of AFAW has been drawn to an incident of witch persecution in Cross River State. In this case, a local mob lynched the alleged witches. Some of the victims have died while others are in the hospital nursing their wounds. The unfortunate incident took place in Boki LGA in CentralContinue reading “Breaking News Report: AFAW Condemns Witch Burning In Cross River State, Calls for Arrest and Prosecution of Thomas Obi Tawo (AKA General Iron)”

Persecution of ‘Destiny-Thieves’ Must Stop

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) condemns in very strong terms the torture and maltreatment of an elderly man for stealing the destinies of people in Imo state. In a photo that has been circulating on social media, an elderly man could be seen sitting on the ground and pleading for hisContinue reading “Persecution of ‘Destiny-Thieves’ Must Stop”

Lives of Alleged Witches in Africa Matter – A Report

By Leo Igwe This is the first activity report of the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW). The report is being issued at a time that the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 is a health condition that could trigger witchcraft allegations in communities. First, it is important to explain what informed the founding of AFAWContinue reading “Lives of Alleged Witches in Africa Matter – A Report”

Malawi Must Protect Lives and Property of Alleged Witches

By Dr. Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) condemns the destruction of houses and property of alleged witches in remote areas in Malawi. News from the country side says that some witch hunting villagers raided some communities today. According to local sources, an irate mob has demolished at least six apartments and otherContinue reading “Malawi Must Protect Lives and Property of Alleged Witches”

2020-2030 : La Décennie d’Activisme contre la Persécution des Présumés Sorciers en Afrique.

Par Leo Igwe L’engagement pour la défense des Présumés Sorciers (connu anglais sous l’acronyme AfAW) lance par le biais de cette annonce La Décennie d’Activisme contre La Persécution des Présumés Sorciers en Afrique :2020-2030. L’objectif principal de cette initiative est la création d’une Afrique dénouée de chasses aux présumés sorciers à travers la sensibilisation desContinue reading “2020-2030 : La Décennie d’Activisme contre la Persécution des Présumés Sorciers en Afrique.”

2020-2030: Decade of Activism Against Witch Persecution in Africa

By Dr. Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) hereby announces a Decade of Activism against Witch Persecution in Africa: 2020-2030. The main objective of this initiative is to create a witch hunting free Africa by sensitizing Africans on witch hunting and spearheading the advocacy for alleged witches in Africa within the next tenContinue reading “2020-2030: Decade of Activism Against Witch Persecution in Africa”

Witch Hunting Requires An International Response

By Dr. Leo Igwe One of the state’s overarching obligations is protection of its citizens. Accordingly, a modern state must fulfill—or be made to fulfill—this duty. The state is supposed to ensure the security of lives and property. Discussions on the responsibility to protect human lives have mainly focused on four key areas: genocide, warContinue reading “Witch Hunting Requires An International Response”

Okinibi: The Witch-Hunters of Aodoka, Nigeria – a Report by Leo Igwe

By Dr. Leo Igwe The Okinibi, or Night Spirits, brutally murder those accused of witchcraft in the Aodoka community, Central Nigeria. Leo Igwe reports. I just returned from a short visit to Idoma land in Benue state in Central Nigeria. A medical doctor whom I met at a local conference in Ibadan drew my attentionContinue reading “Okinibi: The Witch-Hunters of Aodoka, Nigeria – a Report by Leo Igwe”

Saving Innocent Lives: Witchcraft Allegations and Native Medicine in Edo State

Intervening in cases of witchcraft allegations and witch hunting is a moral duty. It is a social obligation that should be fulfilled. Victims of witchcraft allegations are usually defenceless, helpless vulnerable members of the population, children, elderly persons and people living with disabilities.

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