Child witchcraft accusations are a harrowing reality that the world has still not woken up to.
It is hard to believe that this real and growing humanitarian crisis is happening, right now, at the end of 2017. These barbaric acts of cruelty may not be happening where you live, but what if they did ?
What if there was no child helpline to call?
What if there was no social care system to report witchcraft accusations and child abuse to?
What if there was no effective police system to hear and respond to a cry for help?
What if there was no effective criminal justice system to bring perpetrators of child abuse, to justice?
What if nobody listened to you, ever?
Earlier this year, Safe Child Africa launched 'Safety Net', the first comprehensive child protection system of it's kind in West Africa.
Based in Calabar, Cross Rivers State on the Niger Delta, Safety Net has built upon the existing child protection service that Safe Child Africa has been running in the area, since 2010.
Since April this year, our new service has been delivering person centred crisis support and care to children who have experienced accusations of child witchcraft, physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, abandonment or physical violence. For the first time ever, through Safety Net, we have been able to provide an 8 bed ‘Emergency Safe House’ facility where children who have no where else to go can find safe respite for up to 7 nights, while a more suitable long term solution is sought for them.
Safety Net has already provided a lifeline for these children and a viable alternative for the many children who otherwise have no choice but to stay with their abuser or flee to the streets.
If you can be help us by being a Safety Net for one of these children, please do so, now.