Last year I published a piece on my experience with postnatal depression. Recently, I spoke to some new mothers about PND and I was shocked to find out that some people still assume that it does not exist. Postnatal depression does exist, and it is race and culture neutral. Recognising the signs and seeking medical intervention are crucial. A mother’s mood impacts on her baby’s outcomes in life. Postnatal depression is one of the causes of infanticide. It’s serious.
Thousands of children worldwide, especially those from African descent, have been stigmatised after being falsely accused of practising witchcraft. Sadly, some of those children have been murdered.
What is disgusting is that most of these accusations are made by religious leaders, who find it difficult to see through the blurred lines between traditional beliefs and religion. Interestingly, most, if not all the accused children are from poor economic backgrounds. Their parents are further exploited by the accusers, who extort money from them for some kind of sadistic exorcism.
Accusing a child of being a witch is abuse. Physically assaulting or murdering a child in the name of exorcism is a crime. My point is, it takes one to know one.