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Witchcraft has long been practiced throughout Uganda, and traditionally involves the sacrificing of animals like goats or chickens.
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But witch doctors, he says, now claim their work is “more powerful when you sacrifice the blood of a child”.
“The witch doctors believe that when you sacrifice a child, you get wealth, you get protection, you get some sort of blessing,” he says.
“It’s a form of desperation that people have because of poverty and disease.”
He describes child sacrifice as the “ritual mutilation of children”. Unbeknown to their parents, children are often kidnapped for these sacrificial practices.
“Children are kidnapped by so-called witch doctors or people that practice witchcraft,” Mr Sewakiryanga says.
“They cut their body parts and most often facial features — it could be ears, it could be eyes poked out, nose, tongues and more often genitals are cut off for ritual practices.”AUDIOHear more from pastor Peter Sewakiryanga
The children are then left for dead. Few survive, and those who do are left with horrific injuries.
Mr Sewakiryanga says the practice bears no genuine relationship to the local culture.
“There’s freedom of worship and there are people that believe in worshipping ancestral spirits and witchcraft practices,” he says.
“But when it comes to demeaning the life of a child, it becomes a human rights issue and that needs to be responded to.”
Supporting victims and prosecuting the perpetrators
This is what drove Mr Sewakiryanga to establish Kyampisi Childcare Ministries(KCM), a charity that aims to end child sacrifice, support victims of the brutal practice and prosecute the perpetrators.
The charity is based in Kyampisi, the small village where Mr Sewakiryanga first witnessed child sacrifice.
“The work we mainly do is rescue the kids that are almost in the hands of those that will probably hurt them,” he says.
“For those that have been killed, we will work with the police to find the witch doctors and make sure that they are taken to court for justice.”