Saturday evening I “accidentally” saw a documentary on Canvas, a television channel here. Unusual for me, while I normally never look at ANY television at all….. First I do NOT believe in coincidental things, there IS a benevolent universe that takes care of so many things. It could be that people will think or even say that I must be one of those floating air types, who believe that EVERYTHING is meant to be. Well, then I have a surprise: I am CONVINCED that certain things are meant to be. Even when they SEEM to be only unusual. However I most certainly am NO floating air type, I stand with two feet strongly in the HERE and NOW…
This documentary was very shocking to me. They were filming lots of children who had been attacked, molested, forced to sit on fire, even one of these poor girls got nailed. People of her village took a nail and slammed it IN her head! Why were these children so terribly tortured, stabbed with knives, decanted with kerosene and lighted, so they had burn wounds all over? How on earth can it be that EVEN PARENTS do this to their own child? It’s ALL ABOUT BELIEFS….. There is this woman in Nigeria, who has made a film called: Unveiling the mysteries of witchcraft. Her name is Helen Ukpabio of the Liberty Gospel Church. This film has been travelling through the whole country. What it’s about?
A short interpretation of who she is, seen through the eyes of Nigerian people:
The faces of Helen Ukpabio are many. She is at once the evangelist and tormentor of children. She is at the same time the astute and cunning business woman who jealously protects her business interest no matter what the cost. Helen is also the formidable woman who brooks no opposition. She is conscienceless and brutal, calmly ordaining the beating of defenseless children to deter her enemies. Helen Ukpabio is an egregious evangelist who readily boasts of her influence in Nigeria and sees any foreign interference as a threat. This is who Nigeria must contend with.
The practice of identifying witches whether through Pentecostalism or otherwise, amounts to torture. This is a practice Helen Ukpabio is devoted to. As men and women of Nigeria, we owe it to our children, our nation and generations unborn to speak out in the face of the ignoble antics of this renegade evangelist. In a more civilized environ, her types are usually curtailed behind prison walls. However, in our struggle for justice, in our country input is required from us all.
Accusations against Helen Ukpabio
Children can only reach their full potential when there is an environment that helps to meet their basic needs and also recognizes and protects their rights. This is the thrust of the Child Rights Act which has been endorsed by many states. It is thus an offence against humanity for anyone, whether an organization or individual, to willfully or otherwise destroy the rights of children. It is also deemed irresponsible of any government to fold its arms while such tyranny is being perpetrated. Helen Ukpabio has shown total disregard to the welfare of children by stigmatizing them as witches. She is guilty of the violating the Child Rights Act through the unfettered social, emotional and psychological torture of children. She is also guilty of brutality to innocent children, as demonstrated at Eket on the 3rd of July as well as profiteering from the misfortunes of innocent children which she actively induced by her proclamations and actions. She has caused untold social hardship, marriage destructions and psychological disharmony in the nation. In conclusion, Helen Ukpabio by the extreme detrimental effects of her activities is guilty of crime against humanity.
The incredible FEAR I saw in the eyes of a 5 year old girl, was devastating cruel. She was staring at a man who was smiling, while sharpening his big knife, telling her he was getting ready to kill her slowly. The look in her eyes I will NEVER be able to forget…. I saw how an English man called Gary Foxcroft went to the villages, together with his friend, the Nigerian Sam. On the road they encountered lost children, mostly totally traumatized and severely damaged in a physical way as well. He founded with his friend Sam a shelter home for all those children. It is called: “Stepping Stones”… Look this page up, when you are interested in it, it is a real AUTHENTIC site with a lot of help needed. Surf to steppingstonesnigeria.org You can also type in Gary Foxcroft stepping stones through: “GOOGLE”.
He and his girlfriend have raised money to fund their home. They are very committed to the children, even as their own lives are at stake there… In the documentary I saw this girl that got nailed in her head, her name is Uma Eke, she has a brain damage because of that attack. Gary and his friends founded a school, are loving to all of these children and determined to save more children…
What has this all to do with this blog?
It ALL STARTS WITH OUR BELIEFS! The WAY we SEE the world is how we stand in this world. All of the people have seen the film by Helen Ukpabio. And BELIEVE that she is telling the REAL TRUTH!!!!
So they do not think about it at all, but are convinced that this lady KNOWS everything and BELIEVE it is the right thing to BELIEVE that a child, even their own child, is bewitched… How come?
It can be that there is a death in a family, nobody understands how it is possible that a sudden death came to their family. So they are looking for a reason. Helen Ukpabio warns parents to look if the child is sweating, having fever, is talking strange etc. Then it is marked as a WITCH!!! Or they believe that the child has evil powers because she or he was the last one that visited a person in the village and it seems to be that this person is poisoned… I almost could not look at it, so terribly shocking… Innocent children who got so terribly injured and traumatized.
Now this is a very clear issue, but how about our own “civilization?” Do we STIGMATIZE too? Are we far more civilized or do we NAIL others too? What are our own believes, and most of all: ARE THEY TRUE AND AUTHENTIC?
How do we get influenced by what other people tell us and how much are we thinking about it whether it’s true or not? Do we protect the innocent or do we turn away from that? These are the questions that came up with me.
How about your beliefs?