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Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) Nigeria

A project from Hilfe für Hexenjagdflüchtlinge
in Abuja, Nigeria

We are humanists in Nigeria and we are supporting People accused of Witchcraft in Nigeria through immediate intervention in case of witch-hunts, bringing victims to safe houses and assisting them to overcome trauma. Using Reason, Saving Lives!

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About this project

Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) works and campaigns todefend the rights and dignity of alleged witches and end all forms of human rights abuses linked to witchcraft allegations in African countries. 
We rescue adults and children accused of witchcraft from further violence. When we arrive, we step in with local knowledge and a scientifical approved approach and we then do everything to protect victims, bring them to safety and enable them to live in safety. 

 We are supported by several humanist organisations in Nigeria (please see our website!). Dr. Leo Igwe brings in his research among witch-hunt victims in Ghana. We are well connected with projects concerned with Victims of witch-hunts in Southern and Western Africa.
To realize our objectives, AfAW will engage in the following activities:

  • Share latest news on witchcraft allegation/witch persecution;
  • Highlight stories of victims and survivors of witch persecution;
  • Engage state and non state actors in the field of witchcraft accusation;
  • Intervene to protect alleged witches, and to educate the accusers;
  • Lobby local, national and regional and global institutions in tackling abuses that are linked to witch persecution and witch hunting;
  • Cooperate with institutions with similar aims and objectives;
  • Facilitate trainings, workshops and seminars for various interest groups on witchcraft allegations and witch hunting;
  • Organize public education and enlightenment campaigns to reason people out of the misconceptions that drive witch persecution and other harmful traditional practices.
AfAW uses a secular, humanist, skeptical and human rights approach to examine witchcraft narratives and address related abuses. AfAW’s campaign is founded on the following principles:

  • Facilitate trainings, workshops and seminars for various interest groups on witchcraft allegations and witch hunting;
  • That witchcraft is a myth and an imaginary crime which no one commits;
  • That attributions of causing harm through occult means are based on hearsay and misinformation, panic and anxieties, fear and superstition;
  • That witch persecution, killings and trials are forms of human rights abuses that should not be tolerated in the name of religion, culture or tradition.