Uganda, that's who.
An optimist would shrug and say, "At least they've stopped eating each other." Gee, I wonder.
For almost three years now there have been reports of a swelling epidemic of child sacrifices in Uganda. The British media (here and here) as well as the Americans (here) have detailed a belief amoung Ugandans that the ritualistic slaughter of a child can help them financially and in other ways. Mothers will return home only to discover the headless corpses of their sons and daughters. And it is still ongoing.
"They have a belief that when you sacrifice a child you get wealth, and there are people who are willing to buy these children for a price. So they have become a commodity of exchange, child sacrifice has become a commercial business."BBC investigative reporters contacted this witch doctor, Awali, and asked for a consultation. First Awlai slit a goat's throat and demanded $250 for his efforts to bring them luck in starting a construction site. On their next visit they really got serious.
[...] The work of the police task force has been strongly criticised by the UK-based charity, Jubilee Campaign.
It says in a report that the true number of cases is in the hundreds, and claims more than 900 cases have yet to be investigated by the police because of corruption and a lack of resources.
[...] At Kampala main hospital, consultant neurosurgeon Michael Muhumuza shows me the X-rays of the horrific injuries suffered by nine-year-old Allan.
They reveal missing bone from his skull and damage to a part of his brain after a machete sliced through Allan's head and neck in an attempt to behead him; he was castrated by the witch doctor. It was a month before Allan woke from a coma after being dumped near his village home.
Allan was able to identify his attackers, including a man called Awali. But the police say Allan's eyewitness account is unreliable.
Some children are cut to collect blood for rituals. Local people told us that Awali continues to be involved with child sacrifice.
The witch doctor explained that this meeting was to discuss the most powerful spell - the sacrifice of a child.This is the result of primitive pagan beliefs. The best remedy is the conversion of Uganda's population to Christainity. Africa may have the fastest growing Christian population in the world, but there is much to be done in Uganda.
"There are two ways of doing this," he said. "We can bury the child alive on your construction site, or we cut them in different places and put their blood in a bottle of spiritual medicine."
Awali grabbed his throat. "If it's a male, the whole head is cut off and his genitals. We will dig a hole at your construction site, and also bury the feet and the hands and put them all together in the hole."