Thousands of stigmatized ‘Witch Children’ have found refuge at CRARN center, in Akwa Ibom.
The children were branded as “witches” by church ministers and have been cast out by their families and shunned by society.
One of them is six-year-old Israel Effiong, from Ikot Uso Ekong, Eket, who was accused of being responsible for his father’s illness. Fearing for his life, he ran away and hid in a bush for a year before he was rescued by Edoho,a volunteer with the organisation.
Edoho, himself is former child at CRARN Children Center. He now serves as one of the volunteers who rescue children to the centre.
“When my father became ill and taken to a hospital, my stepmom asked if I knew anything about his illness. I told her that I could not think of anything bad about my father because he’s the supporting me,” Effiong recounts.
“When his illness took a turn for the worst, my stepmom became angry with me.
In the nights, she’ll wake me up, tie my hands and legs then poured wild ants all over my body while asking me to relieve my dad from the witches coven. At times she would tie my hand and legs, began to hit my heads with sticks and electrical wires.
She stopped giving me food and locked me out of the house. I went and told the neighbors living close to us. She said she could not allow me to stay with her because my stepmother will be angry with her.
“The people living around us began to hate me and asked not to come close to their children. I went and slept in the village town hall. One night, some men came and saw me there, they brought me out and asked me to dance as witches. When I told them that I didn’t know witches dance, they used sticks and matches to beat me. A man who was passing by came and told them not kill me. They left me and warned me not come there again. I went and stayed in a bush and be coming out in the night to pick up leftover from the market garbage
“One day, I was tired and slept off in the market, a boy by name Edoho came and saw me there and told me he would come back and take me to a safe place where other children like me are living. I told him where I normally stay in the bush.
Yesterday, he came and took me the CRARN Children Center, Eket. I’m very glad to stay here because I would go to school again and sleep without fear of the unknown.”
No be witch dey follow her or if na witch self na blind witch
Hahahahaha i hear una
Nothing person no go hear for this world
that means the girl is a witch na
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One year and she is still acting normal, healthy and look at her hair and clothes, does it look tattered?? Yabaleft is just an abnormal entity that really need rehabilitation.
Noo she looks neat and fresh abi..
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Yaba left Don tag akwa ibom witches villa,I just dey laff in german
Na she be d witch ooo….hmmmmmmm
y people just d talk witch witch for ikwa ibom.come i go beingng fear una ooo.but seriously i just like akwa ibom…..but y dis chop chop witch thnx naaaaaa
Clarence u can not survive once they tag u that name in akwa ibom and in calabar main town,so she most not be a witch to run away from those hunting her life,thus am not from there but I spent five yrs of my life there cos I schooled in unical,in my place river state we take posses people to church for deliverance,we don’t kill children for any reason.
You lied about “Calabar main town”, the Efiks,Efut and Qua who own Calabar don’t behave this way. It is only the Ibibio ethnic group of Akwa Ibom state that indulge in it. I spent 31 years of my life residing between Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
Ur state na Galilee, no unclean thing dwells there
guy cali don,t indulge in such act,even d akwa ibomitis in calabar der not do it.stop misleading ppl.
I think u guys should check your information properly one side is saying little girl and the other side is saying little boy which one are we to believe yabaleftonline oh
I was thinking my eyes were not okay….Thank u
BIGEST LIE IN D YEAR 2016
Better story don finish self… Na wa oh
hahan yabeaeft na only u waka come, no wonder u can never be left-online
@ Tolupiz,u’r running temperature
God av mercy ooo.
All dz Igbo palava sha……God shld just hv mercy.
No! Pray God grant you sense.. What concerns Igbos with this matter?? Can you read at all??? Go school you say no
You’ll just come here and type nonsense.. Can’t you hide the fact that you can’t read and understand
You just proudly showed yourself that you’re dumb
If only you can allow your brain think faster than your fingers you used in typing this.. Mumu
Pearl Latisha Uduje… See this gal, she no get sense
All dis Igbo palava?? What is the palava??? God should have mercy on you and give you wisdom cos as it is ehn, you’re fucked up
Bar hw calabar ad Igbo dey relate
Akwa ibom no b Igbo ooo
Go read state /capital well
Abeg take it easy on her ooo…..its a slip of d finger
But is it not Biafra that is forcing Akwa ibom to join them?
It’s so sad she had to suffer.. It’s high time all these stopped
Lol John the Baptisé this one is Josephine the Baptise who spent most of his life in the Bush priching the gospel this one come dey prich about witch craft
Dis akwa ibom news don dey tire me oo
U will not so far
How can she stay in d bush for a year nd she
was keeping low cut hair in d bush
Who are those people cutting her hair in d bush
Yabaleft una sabi lie ehn
Their information is always incorrect and incomplete because they want to be the first to post.
Smile, u get mouth bro
This yaba left abie obalande right are idiats. I think your admin always drink sapele ogogoro and Russia weed before publishing this rubbish.
I agree with you,
Yabalaaft Una biko oooo obonga for lie lie….I comot cap for Una……Una need certificate for lie lie news I dey hail jooo…am just passing o
Why are those pple behaving so stoned naaaaw…
See old men and women suffering kids when they are actually the matured witches
Can there be junior witches without the senior ones ???
If a child is accused of being a witch
The parents and all extended family should be brought for questioning
Even family friends nonsense!!!
Poor girl, ignorance still exits in some African lives.these believes should be wiped out of our race.
Yaba left right. ..na witch matter whona still post today….yesteday ball hit someone’s head and he started speaking Spanish automatically ..a day before yesterday bobrisky the Gay boy. ….last week was all about chibok girls that refuse to leave their bokoharam husband. …tomorrow may Be the resurrection of Adam and Eve
Abi oo,i wonder stupid post dem dey post self
LOLS i wonder o
Primitiveness+ child abuse
Government should locate those people fast for causing that poor boy such a long term pains. They hv to b punished severely!
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Hmmmmm, this witch thing is becoming something else in Akwaibom ohhhh, and it’s always children, why that, children that cannot defend themselves…. May God help you people
In which akwa ibom?
Is like u one of d witches from der den
You wrote How six years old boy at d top o..now down is how six years old girl..it doesn’t Mk any sense pls look for something better to post
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Lies !!! Even from the headings boy & girl. Contradicting
Akwa Ibom state people are too fetish, I wonder why they keep labelling little innocent kids as witches and wizards.
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Heeyy yabaleft you said boy latter you said girl… Hmmmmmmm nawa for una ooh
Woe to witches & wizards for their waterloo is nigh. Anyway, I don’t believe this girl can escape witches & wizards by running wild in the bush or forest. Wishes & wizards can go to any length, talk more of bushes & forests within the same vicinity (which are to them… what water is to the fish). No, not for a whole year. Or is she a witch too?
Story for the god….nothing wey you no go post @ yabaleftonline……You be live with the boy or girl for bush cus you don’t even kn if na girl or boy u post.
God have mercy
this thing is becoming too much in NMOG oh….tagging children witches….wat abt d senio witches wich posses dis children
No she is not a witch with God all things are possible
Dis little girl don reach 16years? Na wa oo
Na wa oooo this people don forget sa na witch da know witch
Akwa Ibom n witch sef, na only there witch dey? Mtcheeew abegi
I Dont really blame yoy
My dear am not to blame o,am surprised as much as u too,jus wonder y special attention must be drawn to witch story in Akwa Ibom. But i still like d state somehow.
Boy or girl abeg?
U people r going left n right in ur post o
So dis Akwa Ibom peep Nd their stories so far on social media is true after all, but why is some one trying to defend dem cos she is frm dat region, wat are the pastor’s Nd the elders of the state doing abut it, is it dat dey don’t believe in God or Church, Na waooo
Story for dey god’s
Yaba left, boy, girl. Wch one e be?
Lie…Lie…your own pass Lai own. That means he/she was five when he/she ran into the bush and survived for a year.
Sometimes, you need to lie into your hands, put the lies to your ears and listen to it, if it sounds good in your ears, you can then sell it to whoever cares to listen.
If you ppl doesn’t have any thing to post…..just be singing praises to God, rather than lie
Yabaleft abegiiii,make nah go sleep jare cus nah no get beta tins talk. Lier Lier pple
Another bunch of lie
No quite different
May God help the innocent little child