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Ritualistic Killing on the increase in Liberia
   
 
 
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Ritualistic Killing on the increase in Liberia

 
Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:28
 
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by Emmanuel Zawolo Suah
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Unlike Rap, issues of Corruption and Gender Based Violence, nothing is done to create awareness on ritualistic killings in Liberia. Human beings; especially young girls and children are being slaughtered and their body parts extracted almost on a daily basis for the purpose of getting power or riches. Some of these young girls are coerced with money or material things and killed from either night clubs or other social gatherings. National Government and civil society organizations are doing little or nothing to address this gruesome act. Justice is either slow or alleged perpetrators are yet to be prosecuted.

Evidence is there that some citizens especially in rural or semi-urban communities have seen mutilated bodies or heard about them somewhere. In most cases, they are afraid to report the case to the police for fear of being held as suspect; as the results, the bodies or news about mutilated bodies disappear forever.

On January 20, 2014, a woman believed to be in her early forties was slaughtered in cold blood in Nyaudei Town, Klay District, Bomi County with several body parts extracted. Thousands or millions of dollars are being used by National government and Civil Society organizations to minimize Rap, Gender Based Violence and other human fundamental rights abuses through public information campaign. But creating awareness on the issues of ritualistic killing is not even on the agenda.

To ordinary Liberians, most of the perpetrators of this gruesome act are within Government inner-circle. Now that the Liberia Mid-term senatorial Election is around the corner, it is widely alleged here that human sacrifices are made during this period to gain political powers. But whether electoral period or not, humans are being killed here almost on a daily basis.

Young girls and children account for almost 90% of these ritualistic victims. News of missing persons on local or national radios is growing on a daily basis. Example of news like "a 12 year old girl left her home and has not been seen or a 40 years old man left his home and has not been seen" is common here. Indeed there is a need for public information campaign to raise awareness on ritualistic killings in Liberia as it is done in the case of rap, Gender Based Violence and other human rights issues.

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