Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today, Erwin VanderMeer had organised a consultation with all childcare giving organisations in Bangwe, the chiefs, the police, social welfare and other stakeholders to discuss the issue of child abuse due to witchcraft allegations and to promote networking on this and other issues. It was very succesful not in the least due to the Malawians who facilitated and led the discussions. We also were interviewed on national television together with our friend and firebrand human rights activist Emmie Chanika about addressing the problem of children accused of witchcraft and consequently abused, chased from their homes and even killed. In the meantime our new safe house houses 7 girls who were abused and chased from their homes because of witchcraft allegations.