A little girl known as Mary has been rescued from her abusive father who allegedly beats her with sticks, broom and machetes in Akwa Ibom State.
The 8-year-old girl who was rescued by an official with the Child Rehabilitation Network, Pastor Okon John revealed that she was mostly beaten by her father because a pastor told her father that she is the cause of his blindness.
Apparently, the girl had to run away from home for fear of being killed by her father after putting pieces of information she had gathered regarding how children who are accused of being witches and wizards never return after they are been taken to the forest.
While narrating her ordeal, she said;
“My father used to beat me with sticks and machetes with the help of my elder brother, faith (aka ay); because our bishop said I was the cause of his blindness. He pressed my neck on the ground asking me to confess or he’d kill me,”
“I heard stories of children taken to the forest and they’ll never return back because they’re ‘witches’ and ‘wizards’; and stories of ruffians who came and picked children, even elderly people in the night and killed them, and I thought of where my two brothers were, with no answers coming up. I also thought and pray of how i can escape.”