From the BBC:
Witch-doctors reveal extent of child sacrifice in UgandaBy Tim Whewell
BBC News, Uganda
A BBC investigation into human sacrifice in Uganda has heard first-hand accounts which suggest ritual killings of children may be more common than authorities have acknowledged.
One witch-doctor led us to his secret shrine and said he had clients who regularly captured children and brought their blood and body parts to be consumed by spirits.
Meanwhile, a former witch-doctor who now campaigns to end child sacrifice confessed for the first time to having murdered about 70 people, including his own son.
The Ugandan government told us that human sacrifice is on the increase, and according to the head of the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce the crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity, and an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly.
At this point, I started wondering if our legs are being pulled by the BBC. Does Uganda really have an official Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce?
Or is this like that scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where Hunter S. Thompson (a.k.a., Raoul Duke) and his 300 pound Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, infiltrate the cop convention and horrify a nice Southern district attorney with tales of how us Malibu cops have to "go to the mat" with the bloodthirsty human sacrifice gangs kidnapping teenage girls out of McDonald's drive-thru windows on Pacific Coast Highway? From Terry Gilliam's screenplay:
INT. CASINO BAR - DAY
DUKE sees GONZO at the bar -- talking to a SPORTY LOOKING
COP about 40 whose name tag identifies him as a DISTRICT
ATTORNEY FROM GEORGIA.
They're everywhere. Nobody's safe.
And sure as hell not in the South.
They like warm weather... You'd
never believe it. In L.A. it's out
of control. First it was drugs,
now it's witchcraft.
Witchcraft? Shit, you can't mean it!
The BARTENDER cleans his glasses, one ear straining for the
Read the newspapers.
Man, you don't know trouble until
you have to face down a bunch of
these addicts gone crazy for human
Naw! That's science fiction stuff!
Not where we operate.
Hell, in Malibu alone, these
goddamn Satan worshippers kill six
or eight people every day. All
they want is the blood. They'll
take people right off the street if
they have to.
Just the other day we had a case
where they grabbed a girl right out
of a McDonald's hamburger stand.
She was a waitress, about sixteen
years old... with a lot of people
The BARTENDER keeps cleaning the same glass -- more and more
What happened? What did they do to
Do? Jesus Christ, man. They
chopped her goddamn head off right
there in the parking lot! Then
they cut all kinds of holes in her
head and sucked out the blood!
And nobody did anything?
What could they do? The guy that
took the head was about six-seven,
and maybe three-hundred pounds. He
was packing two Lugers, and the
others had M-16s.
They just ran back out into Death
Valley -- you know, where Manson
Like big lizards. ...
They were all veterans.
Agog with the horrors of the story, the BARTENDER polishes
the glass -- faster and faster...
Yeh. The big guy used to be a
major in the Marines.
We know where he lives, but we
can't get near the house.
Naw! Not a major.
He wanted the pineal gland.
That's how he got so big. When he
quit the Marines he was just a
Usually, it's whole families.
During the night. Most of them
don't even wake up until they feel
their heads going -- and then, of
course, it's too late.
The glass smashes in the BARTENDER's hand.
Happens every day. ...
DUKE turns to a WAITRESS with a warm smile.
Three more rums. Plenty of ice.
Maybe a handful of lime chunks.
Are you guys with the police
We sure are, Miss.
I thought so. I never heard that
kind of talk around here before.
Jesus Christ! How do you guys
stand that kind of work?
We like it. It's groovy.
The WAITRESS stares -- sickened -- at GONZO.
What's wrong with you? Hell,
somebody has to do it.
(whacks his fist on
Hell, I really hate to hear this.
Because everything that happens in
California seems to get down our
way, sooner or later. Mostly
Atlanta. But that was back when
the goddamn bastards were peaceful.
All we had to do was to keep 'em
under surveillance. They didn't
roam around much... But now Jesus,
it seems nobody's safe.
(with a conspiratorial
You're going to need to take the
bull by the horns -- go to the mat
with this scum.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean. We've done
it before and we can damn well do
Cut their goddamn heads off. Every
one of them. That's what we're
doing in California.
Sure. It's all on the Q.T., but
everybody who matters is with us
all the way down the line.
We keep it quiet. It's not the
kind of thing you'd want to talk
about upstairs. Not with the press
(muttering in a daze)
I don't think I should tell my wife
about this. She'd never understand.
You know how women are.
DUKE gives the DA a brotherly slap on the back.
Just be thankful your heart is
young and strong.
DUKE and GONZO leave the stunned DA -- staring into the
swirling ice in drink.
Apparently, however, yes, Uganda, unlike the real Malibu, does have an official taskforce to fight human sacrifice.
From The Guardian, 9/6/09:
Uganda has been shocked by a surge in ritualistic murders and human sacrifice, with police struggling to respond and public hysteria mounting at each gruesome discovery.
In 2008 more than 300 cases of murder and disappearances linked to ritual ceremonies were reported to the police with 18 cases making it to the courts. There were also several high-profile arrests of parents and relatives accused of selling children for human sacrifice.
In January this year the Ugandan government appointed a special police taskforce on human sacrifice and announced that 2,000 officers were to receive specialist training in tackling child trafficking with the support of the US government. Since the taskforce was set up there have been 15 more murders linked to human sacrifice with another 200 disappearances, mainly of children and young adults, under investigation.
"This year we have had more occurrences of people attempting to sell their children to witch-doctors as part of ritual ceremonies to guarantee wealth and prosperity," said Moses Binoga, acting commissioner of the anti-human sacrifice and trafficking taskforce.Both police and NGOs are attributing the surge to a new wave of commercial witch-doctors using mass media to market their services and demand large sums of money to sacrifice humans and animals for people who believe blood will bring great prosperity.