In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 13th, October, 2020

“We Are Not Witches”- Avenue Youngsters Protest At Governor’s Workplace Towards Witchcraft Allegations In Calabar

"We Are Not Witches"- Street Children Protest At Governor's Office Against Witchcraft Allegations In Calabar


The Protest

Some youngsters habiting on the streets of Calabar have staged a protest whereas lamenting about being tagged as witches and wizards by individuals within the state.

Numerous youngsters between the ages of of 9 and 15 stay on the streets of Calabar, sleeping on pavements and dumpsites. They survive by scavenging leftovers, whereas being uncovered to medicine, sexual and bodily abuse.

The youngsters, popularly often known as Skolonbo boys, who took their protest to the Cross River State Governor’s workplace in Calabar three days in the past, carried placards with totally different inscriptions, saying ‘I’m not a witch, I can contribute to the society,’ ‘Like each different particular person, we want a greater life.’

A few of them, who spoke to The Guardian, stated the society and their households who tagged them as witches and wizards have uncared for them.


A 12-year-old, who merely gave his identify as Daniel, stated he was despatched away from house two years in the past as a result of a pastor informed his father he was a wizard.

“We got here out right this moment to inform the governor that we’re similar to everybody else in society. We stay our lives right here on the road; solely few individuals give us meals and garments. It’s not our fault that we’re born. My father despatched me out of the home three years in the past as a result of our pastor informed him I used to be a witch, stopping him from progressing.
” he stated.


Additionally talking, eight-year-old Asuquo Joseph, stated, “My step mom used to beat me, that was why I left house. We wish the governor to assist us get a greater life. We wish to be particular like each different particular person residing within the state.”

Talking on behalf of the State Authorities, the Senior Particular Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, who claimed that 98 % of the road youngsters weren’t from Cross River State, stated that what they want is to return to high school.

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“The reality is that, we’re not certain what they imply by higher life, particularly for many who have left house. What they want is to return to high school. The Ministry of Humanitarian and Social Welfare will certainly look into their matter” stated Mr Ita.


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