Thursday, January 17, 2008

"witch children" petition

In response to the recent Observer article on the plight of the children
that Stepping Stones work with in Nigeria a petition has been set up to pressure the
Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, to act to stop the gross
violations of child rights that are taking place due to the belief in
child "witches". As many of you will know, countless children are being
abandoned, tortured and killed in this region due to this traditional
harmful belief. We need to act as quickly as possible if we are protect
more children from harm and challenge this deeply held belief.

I would be grateful if you could sign it and circulate this request to your
contacts. Once there are as many signatories as possible Stepping Stones will then
personally present the petition to the Governor. This is just the first
step in what is going to be a long, concerted effort by Stepping Stones
Nigeria and their partner NGO - the Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network
- to put an end to this needless suffering. They will also be looking to
significantly expand the scope of their Prevent Abandonment of Children
Today (PACT) campaign in 2008.

The petition can be found at:
Care2 petition for the children who are targets of the Nigerian witch-hunt


Kelli said...

Thank you so much for spreading the word about the petition. Here are two more of my petition links that can help the children:

Yvonne said...

Petition 1

Petition 2

Hmm, though, I wonder if we'd do better to write to the Nigerian embassy in London. Also, don't forget to donate money to Stepping Stones Nigeria, who are actually helping the children on the ground.