Supporting Victims of Witchcraft Abuse and Street Children in Nigeria

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This paper highlights the traditional harmful belief in child “witches” in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and explains how this deeply held belief weakens the protection of child’s rights and pushes children towards traffickers in this region. The paper then goes on to examine the work that Stepping Stones Nigeria and CRARN are carrying out to support the victims of witchcraft stigmatisation and explore the potential link between child abandonment and child trafficking in Akwa Ibom State. A number of recommendations are then made for UK and Nigerian stakeholders.

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