Friday, November 26, 2010

Benin: Many children killed on suspicion of being witches.

In the West African State of Benin the fear of sorcery is so great that children, and even babies, believed to be witches are sometimes killed.

An unreleased UNICEF report, seen by Al Jazeera, says despite efforts to wipe the practice out, sorcery-related infanticide continues.

From Benin, Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford has our exclusive report.

Sorcery fuelled by superstition are deep-rooted in the west African state of Benin. Even children are not immune to the scourge, and many are killed on suspicion of being witches.

In the second part of our coverage on sorcery and witchcraft in Benin, we look at how the government is battling to rid the society of the evils.

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.