Children’s charity Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) have reported six cases of child sacrifice before the Ugandan election, “to bring luck”.
While we’ve heard of cases in the western world of religion causing the death of children, the problem in Uganda extends further than most people like to admit.
“Child sacrifice cases are common during election time as some people believe blood sacrifices will bring wealth and power,” said Shelin Kasozi of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM), a charity that cares for survivors of attempted child sacrifice.
During the most recent Ugandan election, six cases of children being kidnapped, mutilated and sacrificed for “good luck” were reported to the charity. Despite the charity pushing for action and a suspect being arrested in October 2015, a case still has yet to go to court.
The election, which was heavily criticised by the United States and European Union was won by President Yoweri Museveni, who has already ruled the country for 30 years. It seems that with President Museveni in power, these cases, as well as 9 other cases reported in 2015, in which victims were found with internal organs missing, are unlikely to be prosecuted.
The UN reports that in 2015, attacks on albinos in Africa were still on the rise – linked to a growing demand of politicians wanting body parts for black magic in the run up to elections.