A 13-year-old girl has reportedly been rescued after suffering for years in the hands of her mother who allegedly locked her up in a toilet, torturing and starving her over claims of witchcraft and demonic possession in Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
According to Child’s Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) the child identified as Mercy Effiong was locked up in a dark toilet by her mother after their church prophet claimed that she was possessed by a demon.
It was gathered that Mercy who was deprived of food and hardly given the needed nutrition, ended up eating her feces at some point to survive.
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This is Mercy Effiong, a 13 years old girl who was locked up in a toilet and a dark, isolated room for years before she was rescued to the CRARN Children Centre, Eket, Nigeria.
The mother tortured and neglected her as a result of a spurious claim by her church prophet that she was possessed by a demon. She was deprived of foods and hardly given the needed nutrition to survive. She ended up eating her own feces at some points to survive.
Consequent to this, Mercy suffered from malnutrition and became badly emaciated and almost died before her rescue.
The cruel manner in which children like this are treated is unheard of, unimaginable and pathetic.
Mercy is from Oron, Akwa Ibom State, the epicenter of children stigmatization. She’s one of few lucky children who have survived this horrific treatment.
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