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Advocacy Group For Alleged Witches Invites Victims, Survivors Of Witch Persecution For Seminar In Nigerian State, Benue

Advocacy Group For Alleged Witches Invites Victims, Survivors Of Witch Persecution For Seminar In Nigerian State, Benue
December 8, 2022

The event will be the first seminar of such organised by AfAW in the state.

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches has invited all victims and survivors of witchcraft allegations and witch persecutions in Benue state to come forward and share their stories and experiences.

 

The Director of the group, Leo Igwe in a statement on Wednesday, said the event will take place at North Central CBN Entrepreneurship Development Center in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

 

The event will be the first seminar of such organised by AfAW in the state.

 

The group noted that the seminar was scheduled for September 17, 2022, but did not hold.

 

“On that day, the police invaded the venue and stopped the event due to some misinformation,” it said.

 

 

 

“All victims, survivors, and relatives of victims and survivors of witch persecution should try and attend. AfAW will take care of the transport fare of attendees coming from distant places. See you there, come December 21, 2022,” Igwe said.

 

 

 

According to the group, until now, people who “suffer attacks, torture, and assault following allegations of witchcraft resign to their fate”.

 

It lamented that such people “suffer in silence and refuse to speak out or discuss the maltreatment meted out to them”.

 

It continued, “Relatives seldom recount their pain and trauma after their family members have been lynched or murdered in cold blood by witch-hunters. There is usually no space for victims to share their experiences and no audiences for alleged witches.

 

“Nobody wants to hear their story or understand their pain. Nobody listens or wants to listen to them. In most cases, accused persons are deemed guilty as charged or alleged.

 

“But the Advocacy for Alleged Witches is trying to change this culture of silent resignation. Alleged witches are innocent. The law is on their side. AfAW is creating a space for alleged witches to speak out and tell their stories to a listening and caring audience.

 

“AfAW is giving voices to the accused and is providing a platform for them to be heard. AfAW asks all the people in Benue who have suffered witch persecution or whose family members have been accused, abused, attacked, or killed to come and share their experiences at its event.

 

“Many people are still traumatized after being persecuted as witches or after witnessing the torture and brutal killing of their fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers who have been accused of witchcraft.”