First of all we respect their beliefs, and we don´twant to deny them, but the violence that a child accused of witchcraft receivesin the whole process has to have greater attention of local goverments, as wellas our governments and NGO´s.
Comunicationand education about the child abuse has to be done with all communities,politicians, churches and religious leaders, to let them know the negativeconsequences their practices have in these children at the same time make themaware of the children´s rights.The moreawareness we build in all the countries will be a path to have new ideas andmethods as prevention, this should include more human rights organizations.Further solutions:- Penalize child accusation of witchcraft, on thecontrary, create laws to penalize people who accuse children of witchcraft anddamages them. Communicate this laws so affected children can raise their voicesand have a protection law for them.
– If not possible, then prohibit exorcisms out of governmentcriteria. This means government should monitor all the process in such a waythat they can educate acusators and end the problem with conferences, and incase the are not convinced, “not harmful exorcisms” should be conducted in thisway government ensures kids are not damaged.- Penalize church leaders who charge for exorcisms, thiswon´t be a business for them and will stop talking about this issue.- If children are expel from their families, thereshould be a program to reintegrate them or find foster homes – Build a new communication program to reintegrate allchildren that is already with the stigma of witchcraft, plus the psicologicalhelp they will need- A Health/security capable program for families shouldbe implemented, that includes social protection and education. If they have lessdiseases this would turn on “less causes to be acused”, also deliveries wouldbe at hospitals and more mothers will be saved.With these solutions we cover the Charter of Fundamental Rights of theEuropean Union, Article 24 that deals with the rights of the children andstates:1. Children will have the right to protection and care if necessary to meettheir rights. They may express themselves freely.
Their views will be consideredno matter their age and maturity. 2. all actions concerning children, no matter public authorities or privateinstitutions, must consider the child’s best interests at first.3. Every child shall have the right to maintain on a regular basis apersonal relationship and direct contact with both his/her parents, unless thatis contrary to his or her interests.