KINSHASA'S WITCH CHILDREN ( UNTV 21st Century Version)
Like most of the world's big cities, Kinshasa is rife with social problems. However, Kinshasa's Witch Children are in a league of their own. Unscrupulous Kimganguist priests convince families that their children are bewitched, and that a costly and often painful exorcism is required. Some families decide to hedge their bets by throwing their children into Kinshasa's mean streets. UNICEF now estimates there are approximately 20,000 witch children living on the streets of the Congolese capital. We found a former witch child who managed to survive and now dedicates his life to helping the other kids in the streets. Our talented cameran/editor Alan Brain did a four part series on this story for our weekly DRC video magazine MONUSCO REALITIES, and I think it was the best thing we ever did. Since these unfortunate children fall outside the MONUSCO Mandate, there was little either UNICEF or MONUSCO Child Protection could do to stop this practise. All they could do was to help the kids who were already on the street in whatever ways they could. This is the UNTV 21st Century version of our original program for international distribution.