Kanani and Sylvia, brother and sister aged nine and eight, were grazing the family cattle in rural Uganda when they were approached by a man they vaguely knew.
Sperito Bisekwa was angry. He accused the children of allowing their cows to eat his fodder and dragged them into a nearby forest. He attacked Kanani first. When the boy awoke he had a machete wound on his neck and his sister lay dead beside him.
“He grabbed me, strangled me and cut the back of my neck. When I came to, I realised my sister had been cut everywhere and she was dead,” said Kanani.
Sylvia’s young body had been gruesomely mutilated, her heart and clitoris cut out with a knife and taken for use in a witchdoctor’s ritual, according to police.
Child sacrifice is a disturbing and widespread phenomenon in Uganda, serious enough that the government has established a special taskforce.
Activists say child sacrifice is not about tradition, but greed as people seek a quick route to wealth or power and with elections due in 2016 they worry killings are set to increase. Read more
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