(Mission Network News) — A Ugandan pastor recently issued an international call for help. Speaking before Australia’s parliament, Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga red-flagged the rise of child sacrifices in his country and asked officials to take action. Uganda’s government lacks funding to properly address the issue, according to Australia-based ABC News.
Set Free Ministries’ Dean VanderMey says witch doctors are behind the crisis. “Witch doctors actually kidnap children … for the bloodletting,” he states. “There’s not only animals being sacrificed, but there’s actual children being sacrificed.”
Local believers invited Set Free Ministries to Uganda in 2004, and they began working with kids and churches in 2005. They’ve seen firsthand the power witch doctors hold over communities.
“There’s a witch doctor for every 11 to 12 people depending on what region you’re in. They hold everything through fear and intimidation,” VanderMey says.