The Horror of Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Ugandan Witch Doctor
Ugandan Witch Doctor

It is almost unbelievable that in this day in age, and at the time of writing this, the 13th of October, 2011, that child sacrifice still exists today.

In Uganda, thousands of children fear travelling to and from school; they are frightened to leave their homes.

Worried parents look on anxiously, but still children are abducted and brutally murdered, in the forlorn hope of making someone instantly richer.

Money is at the centre of the rise in child sacrifice, which came to the fore only 3 years ago.

As Uganda's fortunes rose, so did the greed, and the unholy belief that killing children ritually would make someone even richer.

As indeed it has, a whole network of Ugandan witch doctors must be very rich indeed on the monies they have taken from people under the mistaken belief that the killing of a child, and removal of the internal organs and/or blood, would somehow increase their fortune.

Any why are the police and government bodies so silent on the issue of child sacrifice, an unholy and vile satanic ritualthat should have gone out with the Dark Ages?

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BBC Report on Child Sacrifice in Uganda

According to a recent BBC report, police corruption and political apathy are being blamed for allowing Uganda's so-called witch doctors to escape prosecution for what is nothing less than child murder.

Uganda's Anti-Human Sacrifice Police Task Force have stated that there have only been 38 cases of child sacrifice in the whole country since 2006, which is in stark contrast to official police figures which state that 1 child was sacrificed in 2006, 25 in 2008 and a further 29 in 2009, making a total of 55.

Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga of the Kyampisi Childcare Ministries Church in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, disputes those figures, and states that more child victims have been lost in his parish alone than the official figures for the whole country.

According to UK-based charity Jubilee Campaign, the true figures are much higher, and claim Uganda police have a backload of over 900 cases to work through.

The Anti-Human Sacrifice Police Task Force

The head of the Anti-Human Sacrifice Police Task Force, Commissioner Bignoa Moses, denies that his task force are incompetent, saying that if someone accuses someone else of carrying out human sacrifices, they interview the suspect but don't arrest them without proof.

Isn't it frightening to think that such a task force is even needed in a country in this day and age?

So far, they have made no arrests.

If the police make no arrests, does that mean there are no victims?

Unfortunately, no.


A 3 year old boy, identified only as Mukisa, was found barely alive with his genitals hacked off. Prompt action by surgeons saved his life, and he was able to identify his attacker as having a 'shrine', which is something all witch doctors have.

No-one was ever charged over this attack, which has left his family fearful for his future without his manhood and in need of cosmetic surgery.


A 6 year old boy named Stephen went missing from his home. 24 hours later his decapitated body was found in a nearby field.

His grandmother told the BBC that police refused to prosecute the local witch doctor even after he had admitted to the crime.

She was then offered hush money which she refused.


18 month old Robina was found with her throat cut. Her parents now take their other children everywhere with them.


9 year old Allan was abducted by a witch doctor who tried to decapitate him and slashed off his genitals. He was then left for dead.

Amazingly, he was found in time and saved by the skill of surgeons. He now suffers from slight brain damage caused by the machete that slit his skull. Because of this damage, police discounted his accusations when he named his attacker as a local witch doctor, known as Awali.

The BBC sent undercover reporters to Awali, claiming to be local business men in need of some luck.

Awali offered to sacrifice a human child for them, at a price, telling them he had sacrificed many children and knew what he was doing.

The BBC later took their evidence to the Ugandan police but no action was taken. You can read about it in the BBC link above.

There are many more documented cases of child sacrifice in Uganda here.

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Former witch doctor Polino Angela
Former witch doctor Polino Angela

Witch Doctor turned Campaigner escapes prosecution

Another witch doctor has given up his murderous ways and now actively campaigns against child sacrifice.

Polino Angela recently admitted to carrying out 70 child murders, including his own 10 year old son.

Again the BBC have an article on this.

Frighteningly, this man has told of the presence of a network of witch doctors throughout Uganda, with the lower orders paying money over to the higher orders.

The Head of The Anti-Human Sacrifice and Trafficking Task Force, Moses Binoga, has admitted they are aware of this network.

What are they doing about it then?

James Nsaba Buturo, Uganda's Minister of Ethics and Integrity, told the BBC

"To punish retrospectively would cause a problem... if we can persuade Ugandans to change, that is much better than going back into the past."

Which means that Polina Angela will never be prosecuted for the murders he has admitted to carrying out, because he is now helping spread the word against child sacrifices.

How can we Prevent Child Sacrifice?

Children are considered impure and unsuitable for sacrifice if they have scars or marks on their bodies. This includes pierced ears and circumcision.

I would not promote circumcision so it would seem to the simplest thing to do is to have your baby's ears pierced - both male and female.

10 year old Shaifk was abducted and taken to a shrine to be sacrificed, but when his clothes were stripped off, he was found to have been circumcised.

As a result, his life was spared, although he is now in hiding with his family.

Pierced ears with bright eye-catching earrings should be enough to put a witch doctor off, if he was thinking about abducting your child.


Sign the petition against child sacrifice.

Make your voice heard!

It'll only take a moment or two of your time.

International Pressure

International pressure must be brought to bear on the Ugandan government to force them into taking child sacrifice seriously. Simply appointing an Anti-Human Sacrifice Police Task Force that never makes arrests is simply paying lip service to address the issue.

The world demands an end to this barbaric, horrific practice, and demands an end NOW.

Please pass this article along to as many people as you can. Let's get child sacrifice banished forever.

End Child Sacrifice in Uganda

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Aficionada 5 years ago from Indiana, USA

It is hard to find the right words to react to this. I am in shock and in tears. You have done an awesome job of describing this atrocity and calling to action, but it almost doesn't seem quite right to say the Hub is awesome. I'm not sure I'm expressing myself well - I hope you understand what I mean.

This is probably the most important Hub I have ever read. As horrible as the practice is, I am grateful that you have brought the issue to our attention so that more people can know about it and use whatever influence is available to help end it.

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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

Interesting issue here Izzym, this child sacrifice thing is really horrible. I can well relate this to a pretty similar issue in our locality; Alarming reports came a few months ago about child abductions happening in different areas around our province. They were gone and after a few days were found without their internal organs. Unconfirmed reports said that an organ dealing syndicate is behind this hideous act. They rip of internal organs from young adults and children and sell it for a very high price in the underground market. I don't know but maybe this is related to that of Uganda. Maybe they are just using that prehistoric child sacrifice ordeal to conceal their gruesome business under. May this hub raise awareness among our Ugandan brothers and sisters and neighboring countries. Voted up! and useful and interesting.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Aficionada :)

I wrote this hub after reading about this horror/outrage/atrocity - call it what you will - on the BBC website, so I guess they are the ones to be thanked for bringing it to the world's attention. I too will probably have nightmares tonight thinking about it. It's just so awful.

In the first video, there is a link to an online petition we can all sign to bring pressure to bear on the relevant authorities - I think it is through the Jubilee Campaign website.

Please tell everyone you know. We must do more to save those poor children.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

@Admiral_Joraxx, organs for transplant have to be taken from a living donor and transplanted under sterile conditions into the recipient body, so it is unlikely children are used for that unless they were taken to a hospital or other sterile environment. Course they could be dumped anywhere afterwards and who would know? Some of the Ugandan children had their internal organs removed but not for transplantation. I'm not sure what they did with them exactly - bled them out or hung them up or who knows? Poor wee mites!

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plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

I saw a documentary film on African child soldiers. It was brutal. I don't know why these things happen. Maybe because of the ruling autocratic regimes and the high level of illiteracy. Educated people don't usually tend to be superstitious.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

No they don't, yet Ugandan children attend school. I don't know if their parents before them did. This practice is completely heartless as well as superstitious. I just don't understand how they can do it.

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

This is shocking to think that this is happening to innocent children in this day and age. It is a disgrace that these witch doctors are not even prosecuted and seem to be protected and exempt from being punished for murder. Well done on writing about these barbaric atrocities so well. Voted up.

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Wendy Krick 5 years ago from Maryland

It is really hard to believe that suck terrible things still happen in this day and age. It is horrible! Thanks for getting the word out.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Once in a blue moon something will happen in the world that I really have to write about, and this is one of them. The more people that know, the more people power can do something to stop it.

I was still thinking about this long after I went to bed last night, and that is when it occurred to me that this could well be a global problem. International travel is well within the reach of those 'businessmen' and if they really believe that what they are doing is OK, then NO CHILD is safe, ANYWHERE, from child sacrifices. Mothers, mark your child - pierce their ears, anything, keep them safe from these monsters.

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lobobrandon 5 years ago

I couldn't continue reading I stopped and read the comments directly. It's really horrible

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Yes it is very difficult to read about this horrible crime without your eyes and mind wanting to shut it out. Thanks for commenting but please when you feel up to it, read the rest of the hub, or Google it, because this is just something so important we can't ignore. If we have no respect for human life, especially the lives of children, then the world as we know it, is finished.

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mjfarns 5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

Thank you for having the emotional intelligence to bring this horrific news to our attention. This makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

We hear about this here in the States. If only all those terrbile people could be caught and burnt to death to save this country and their children.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Mjfarns, thank you for taking the time to read this,

Writer20, burning people to death sounds a bit extreme, but I'd certainly jail them.

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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I think that this is horrific Izzy, and also that parents have to do things like pierce their childrn's ears to keep them safe. Probably the police don't investigate it, because some of them have paid for it themselves, but the real answer is educating people so that they no longer believe in the efficacy of child sacrifice. Even in this country I read an article about how many black cats have been dumped since the recession because people are believing the ignorant superstition that they bring bad luck

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Well that's daft because everyone knows that black cats bring good luck!

However, there is a world of difference between black cats and human children and it is hard to imagine life could ever be so cheap as to not count at all. Yes education is a good place to start.

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lobobrandon 5 years ago

A person should be educated & not just literate then the world will be a better place

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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This is so horrible, it makes me sick. I agree that people need to be educated about this. Most have no idea that these kinds of monstrosities exist. Thanks for posting this.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for commenting. It's still in my head, I think it will give me nightmares soon.

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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY

this story sickens me and makes me so sad that there are such sadistic people on this planet. Izzy you did a good deed when you published what is going on in Uganda. This world needs more people like you who take the time out to help get the word out. My prayers are with these children.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks shari, here's hoping something will get done. Every little helps.

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful reportage on a horrific subject, Izzy. I saw the BBC News report on this the other night and couldn't believe this sort of thing was going on in modern times. Watching the "Witch doctor" on the hidden cameras offer to cut off a male child's head, hands and genitals and bury them on a building site to bring luck to a business venture was beyond horrific - it actually seemed quite unreal and it was so difficult at first to believe it was real footage.

Don't for a minute believe that the present administrations in London or Washington are likely to take any action whatsoever on this - but you never know...

Great work!

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I don't have BBC here to watch the program and I didn't know till you told me just now they had caught the lot on film! This is incredible that the authorities still haven't acted! No it will be people pressure that will get this stopped. If there is no money in it, the politicians aren't interested. Mind you, I think that is half the problem - there IS money in it and the authorities are getting a cut! SHAMEFUL!

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

It was horrendous to watch, Izzy. This smug, arrogant ?*&%£"@ actually telling them what he would do to the child. The BBC have passed their footage and evidence to the Ugandan "Police" - I think we both know what the likely outcome is... It was on the main BBC News at 10 on Tuesday night. Maybe you can get it on BBC iPlayer?

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Not unless I used a proxy because they don't transmit anything outside of the UK - if I try to watch I get told I am outside the UK and can't. I knew they had gathered evidence and handed it to the police - the top link to the BBC site in the hub describes that, and says the witch doctor still hasn't been apprehended, but they didn't make it clear they had hidden cameras with them. Hopefully someone will upload the program to and I can get it from there. This goes for anyone else reading this too. If someone uploads it, and they probably will, it will be downloadable through a torrent file.

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I wish I were more technically minded... I've got three video links from the BBC website showing it...

I'm sorry I haven't a clue how to upload the links to what you describe but I'll e-mail you them if you want. Don't want to post them here...

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

No worries Gordon, that is very kind of you. I will get them in torrents, hopefully, but not until I am out and about and using someone else's wifi, as I don't have enough bandwidth on mine.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Words cannot describe how I feel ... I am sharing.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks homesteadbound, the more people that know about this, the more chance we have of getting it stopped.

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

consider it shared. i am speechless, and heartbroken.

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Kristine Manley 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I am at a loss for words after reading this article. I cannot wrap my mind around such vicious acts against children. Thank you for sharing this information in which I will share with others. I will keep the country of Uganda in my prayers.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks girls and please keep sharing, and praying too. Those kids desperately our help.

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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI

OH wow..I had no idea this was going on. This is beyond disturbing. I'm so busy fighting animal cruelty that sometimes I'm oblivious to other acts of evil happening in the world. The picture of the young boy with the scar is going to give me nightmares. This is just horrific. IzzyM do you know if there are petitions or groups working to stop this? I'm going to head over to the petition site or Care2 and see if I can find anything. Tweeting this!

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

The Jubilee Campaign have a petition - but I don't know who else. Yes please get the word out!

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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI

Perfect thanks! Signed, shared on Facebook and Tweeted. I had a lot of retweets on your Hub earlier so hopefully this gets spread around. Will continue to see what else I dig up on it.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you so much! Hopefully, we can yet make a small change to help save those poor babies!

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well I'll be damned if you didn't make me, grudgingly, think of circumcision as a decent thing for a moment...

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

LOL! Needed a smile, so thanks! It is just horrendous to think we have to mark children for life to keep them safe.

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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

It is so sad to read about the way human beings are being treated in Uganda. Shame that is allowed to continue! I have vote this hub up.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Jean :) Please sign the petition too, I have linked it 5 or 6 comments up.

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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

What a sad story!

Thanks so much Izzy for helping to get the word out, I certainly had never heard of this before. I posted your article on facebook as well as tweeted it and left you a google+

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Karen. Like you can see there is nothing in this for me - I disabled ads myself. Maybe we can all pull together and help those children.

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seamist 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Interesting article, Izzy! Thanks for educating us on this ungodly crime.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you for get out there and do something!

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

This is something worth fighting a war over! But there is no oil involved so politicians aren't interested.

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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

This is horrifying. I can not believe this is going on. How can people be so backwards. They are living in such darkness of mind, spirit and soul.

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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I think everybody is totally shocked over this. I know I am too. The more folk that know the better so please pass it on to everybody you know, or write a hub about, anything.

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