Blacks Enrich UK With Witchcraft


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Children in Britain are being abused and murdered in increasing numbers because the belief in witchcraft is rife in some African communities, police said Thursday.

The warning came as a couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were found guilty of murdering the woman's 15-year-old brother during an "exorcism ceremony."

London's Metropolitan Police said it had investigated 83 "faith-based" child abuse cases involving witchcraft in the past 10 years, but believed it was still an "under-reported, hidden crime."

Children's charities and campaigners urged communities in Britain to report abuse and said social workers must be firmer in confronting abuse in immigrant groups.

Kristy Bamu, 15, was relentlessly tortured and eventually drowned in a bath on Christmas Day 2010 by his sister, Magalie, and her partner, Eric Bikubi. The killers are now facing life sentences.

They believed he had cast spells on another child and punished him with increasing viciousness. The teenager was in such pain after three days of being attacked with knives, sticks, metal bars and a hammer and chisel - suffering 130 separate injuries - that he "begged to die."

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