Whatever will they dream up next?
Last night Channel 4 broadcast Saving Africa’s Witch Children, as part of its Dispatches strand. The programme focused on children accused of being witches by Pentecostal pastors in Akwa Ibom state in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, and the work of the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network.
OK, so the Pentecostals are being typically brain-damaged, that's not really news. And what's the worst that could happen? Oh ...
The problem makes for grim viewing: we see children who have been horribly mutilated, and in one case left brain damaged after having had a nail driven through her skull; others appear withdrawn and tearful after being rejected by their families and threatened.
Yes, it makes for delightful reading. And people wonder why I'm an atheist.