Australians help hunt medicine men who kill Ugandan children in barbaric human sacrifice

In the villages of Uganda, a new breed of witch doctor hunts children and abducts their ears, noses, and genitals.

Sometimes the medicine men remove whole arms and legs or carry blood from the body of a boy or girl while the victim is still alive.

Sometimes the parents of the victim help decapitate their child.

Human sacrifice is not some ancient cultural ritual practiced in this East African country, it is rather a barbaric, modern way for cruel charlatans to make money.

Children in rural Uganda are abducted by medicine men who torture and often kill them as part of a supposed spiritual sacrifice.

The medicine men mutilate the children and use their blood, tissue or organs in rituals that they promise and that can bring clients protection, prosperity and good health.

In the villages of Uganda, a new breed of medicine men chase and kidnap their ears, noses, and genitals. Often the witch doctors decapitated the boys or removed entire arms and legs of victims. Witch doctor Kivumbi Awali is depicted after his arrest

In the villages of Uganda, a new breed of medicine men chase and kidnap their ears, noses, and genitals. Often the witch doctors decapitated the boys or removed entire arms and legs of victims. Witch doctor Kivumbi Awali is depicted after his arrest

Survivors of the child sacrifice Allan Ssembatya was housed in 2009 in the Ugandan village of Busolo. & # 39; My son came home from school & # 39 ;, says his father. & # 39; They brought him to the bush. They cut it. This cut on his head, this cut on his neck, damage to his private parts ... & # 39;

Survivors of the child sacrifice Allan Ssembatya was housed in 2009 in the Ugandan village of Busolo. & # 39; My son came home from school & # 39 ;, says his father. & # 39; They brought him to the bush. They cut it. This cut on his head, this cut on his neck, damage to his private parts ... & # 39;

Survivors of the child sacrifice Allan Ssembatya was housed in 2009 in the Ugandan village of Busolo. & # 39; My son came home from school & # 39 ;, says his father. & # 39; They brought him to the bush. They cut it. This cut on his head, this cut on his neck, damage to his private parts … & # 39;

In one of the most macabre practices that have been developed, children are beheaded and their heads buried in new-build foundations to help businesses succeed.

Fighting this terrible trade is pastor Peter Sewakiryanga, who rescues children who are marked by ritual mutilation and helps him to be a small group of Australians.

Pastor Peter, a former accountant, started a campaign against child sacrifices about ten years ago and is running a charity Kyampisi Childcare Ministries.

He helps rehabilitate survivors and raise awareness of the practice by working with politicians, police, prosecutors and judges to bring offenders to justice.

Pastor Peter's work can be seen in an episode of the SBS program Dateline called How to Catch a Witch Doctor on Tuesday evening.

The program follows Pastor Peter and Brisbane engineer Rodney Callanan as they go hunting for a witch doctor who allegedly killed nearly six-year-old Allan Ssembatya ten years ago.

Reporter Amos Roberts speaks with Allan & # 39; s father Hudson Semwanga about what happened to his boy in a village called Busolo in the Kayunga district on October 21, 2009.

Justice Margaret Mutonyi is depicted with a girl whose hands are cut off. & # 39; We have a society that believes in witchcraft & # 39 ;, she tells the SBS Dateline program. & # 39; The majority of the population, including Christians attending church, consult these medicine men & # 39;

Justice Margaret Mutonyi is depicted with a girl whose hands are cut off. & # 39; We have a society that believes in witchcraft & # 39 ;, she tells the SBS Dateline program. & # 39; The majority of the population, including Christians attending church, consult these medicine men & # 39;

Justice Margaret Mutonyi is depicted with a girl whose hands are cut off. & # 39; We have a society that believes in witchcraft & # 39 ;, she tells the SBS Dateline program. & # 39; The majority of the population, including Christians attending church, consult these medicine men & # 39;

Robert Mukwaya suffered from back pain, so serious that it was thought he would never walk again. He slept in his grandmother's kitchen in a village near Lake Victoria when a man dragged him out of the room and stabbed him in the neck. He underwent surgery in Australia

Robert Mukwaya suffered from back pain, so serious that it was thought he would never walk again. He slept in his grandmother's kitchen in a village near Lake Victoria when a man dragged him out of the room and stabbed him in the neck. He underwent surgery in Australia

Robert Mukwaya suffered from back pain, so serious that it was thought he would never walk again. He slept in his grandmother's kitchen in a village near Lake Victoria when a man dragged him out of the room and stabbed him in the neck. He underwent surgery in Australia

& # 39; My son came home from school & # 39 ;, says Mr. Semwanga. & # 39; They brought him to the bush. They cut it.

& # 39; This cut on his head, this cut on his neck, damage to his genitals, in my opinion it is very surprising that Allan is alive.

& # 39; What hurts me the most is that it was people who knew me very well, I grew up with them, I went to school with them. We treated each other like family. & # 39;

One of the two men accused of kidnapping and chopping Allan is the medicine man Kivumbi Awali, who was secretly filmed in 2011 by a BBC team.

The crew posed as members of a construction company looking for a medicine man who could bring their business prosperity.

They met Awali, who had killed a goat for luck during their first meeting, and a few days later explained what he thought to be his most powerful spell: human sacrifice.

Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga is holding Hope, a young victim of child sacrifices. & # 39; They hunt the despair of the people who are sick and poor, & # 39 ;, Reverend Peter told Daily Mail Australia. & # 39; Even the elite who live in the city and are rich are now engaged & # 39;

Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga is holding Hope, a young victim of child sacrifices. & # 39; They hunt the despair of the people who are sick and poor, & # 39 ;, Reverend Peter told Daily Mail Australia. & # 39; Even the elite who live in the city and are rich are now engaged & # 39;

Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga is holding Hope, a young victim of child sacrifices. & # 39; They hunt the despair of the people who are sick and poor, & # 39 ;, Reverend Peter told Daily Mail Australia. & # 39; Even the elite who live in the city and are rich are now engaged & # 39;

Rodney Callanan, from the charity Droplets In A Stream from Brisbane, helps in the pursuit of Ugandan medicine men who have not been brought to justice. & # 39; Unfortunately, the police, the courts in Uganda are grossly underfunded & # 39 ;, Callanan tells Dateline

Rodney Callanan, from the charity Droplets In A Stream from Brisbane, helps in the pursuit of Ugandan medicine men who have not been brought to justice. & # 39; Unfortunately, the police, the courts in Uganda are grossly underfunded & # 39 ;, Callanan tells Dateline

Rodney Callanan, from the charity Droplets In A Stream from Brisbane, helps in the pursuit of Ugandan medicine men who have not been brought to justice. & # 39; Unfortunately, the police, the courts in Uganda are grossly underfunded & # 39 ;, Callanan tells Dateline

& # 39; There are two ways to do this, & # 39; Awali was admitted and told the fake businessmen. & # 39; We can bury the child alive at your construction site. & # 39;

& # 39 Or we cut the child and put their blood in a bottle of spiritual medicine. If it is a man, the entire head and his genitals are cut off. & # 39;

Sometimes it's hard to talk about what happened to me. And sometimes when I talk about it, I start to cry.

When Awali was finally arrested by police in the company of Pastor Peter and Mr. Callanan, he was in charge of a machete. As he was led away, he complained that his handcuffs were too tight.

Awali was accused of attempted murder and aggravated human trafficking.

His case is still in court, and if he is convicted, he may be sentenced to death or imprisonment.

Allan is one of the five child victims of human sacrifices Pastor Peter helped to come to Australia for life-changing operations.

& # 39; Sometimes it's hard to talk about what happened to me & # 39 ;, Dateline, now 16 years old. & # 39; And sometimes when I talk about it, I start to cry.

& # 39; I remember the injuries I got, I remember that when I was taken, I tried to fight to run away, they beat me up and did what they wanted. So when I think about it, I cry. & # 39;

Pastor Peter is supported by a charity based in Brisbane Droplets in a stream that offers opportunities for education and health care for victims of child sacrifices who survive.

A witch doctor advertises his work outside his home in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. & # 39; A traditional healer with powers above spirits resolves all cases, demons, thieves, tooth decay, madness, fever, apple ipse, genital affairs & # 39 ;.

A witch doctor advertises his work outside his home in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. & # 39; A traditional healer with powers above spirits resolves all cases, demons, thieves, tooth decay, madness, fever, apple ipse, genital affairs & # 39 ;.

A witch doctor advertises his work outside his home in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. & # 39; A traditional healer with powers above spirits resolves all cases, demons, thieves, tooth decay, madness, fever, apple ipse, genital affairs & # 39 ;.

Doctors at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and the Mater Children & Private Hospital in Brisbane have let children on rescued rescued operate free of charge.

& # 39; Australia has been so kind, & # 39; said Pastor Peter. & # 39; These children would otherwise be dead. & # 39;

The problem is a national problem. It started in bad parts of the community. Now it is widespread.

Witch doctors practicing child sacrifices are motivated solely by money, but pretend to adhere to cultural beliefs to justify their crimes.

& # 39; They hunt the despair of the people who are sick and poor, & # 39 ;, Reverend Peter told Daily Mail Australia. & # 39; Even the elite who live in the city and are rich are now engaged.

& # 39; The problem is a national problem. It started in bad parts of the community. Now it is widespread.

& # 39; It has crossed boundaries in families killing their own children. & # 39;

The size of this trade is difficult to assess, but Pastor Peter says he works with between 20 and 25 cases a year.

& # 39; The problem is under such secrecy that it is difficult to estimate numbers. I can trace it to ten to fifteen years ago. & # 39;

Balluonzima Christ (left) and Rose Ajiba (right) are taking a picture of their daughter Caroline Aya, who was reportedly killed during a sacrifice in the city of Jinj in southern Uganda

Balluonzima Christ (left) and Rose Ajiba (right) are taking a picture of their daughter Caroline Aya, who was reportedly killed during a sacrifice in the city of Jinj in southern Uganda

Balluonzima Christ (left) and Rose Ajiba (right) are taking a picture of their daughter Caroline Aya, who was reportedly killed during a sacrifice in the city of Jinj in southern Uganda

& # 39; It is not part of our culture. It is hiding in our culture. It must be sentenced. & # 39;

Droplets In A Stream, co-founded by Mr. Callanan, also helps in the pursuit of witch doctors who have not been brought to justice.

& # 39; Unfortunately, the police, the courts in Uganda are grossly underfunded & # 39 ;, Callanan tells Dateline.

& # 39; Many cases do not go to court or to a lawsuit due to lack of funding. And that is one of our biggest roles in this area and that is financial support. & # 39;

Judge Margaret Mutonyi tells the program: & # 39; We have a society that believes in witchcraft. & # 39;

& # 39; The majority of the population, including Christians attending church, consult these medicine men. & # 39;

Paul Odida, a repentant medicine man, now helps Pastor Paul raise awareness of the issue of human sacrifice. He visits villages to explain how medicine men in communities spread fear

Paul Odida, a repentant medicine man, now helps Pastor Paul raise awareness of the issue of human sacrifice. He visits villages to explain how medicine men in communities spread fear

Paul Odida, a repentant medicine man, now helps Pastor Paul raise awareness of the issue of human sacrifice. He visits villages to explain how medicine men in communities spread fear

In one scene, Reverend Peter examines photos of a boy about ten years old, whose body was dumped in the bush.

& # 39; So they cut the ears, they cut through the neck and cut the throat and cut the limbs, & he said. & # 39; Body parts were missing. The tongue, the legs, the genitals. & # 39;

The program also includes Robert Mukwaya who in 2014 suffered from spinal column so severe that he thought he would never walk again.

Robert slept in his grandmother's kitchen in a village near Lake Victoria when a man dragged him out of the room and stabbed him in the neck.

He was left paralyzed, but two years ago he was able to regain his legs at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

In another scene, Pastor Peter and Mr. Callanan visit a village to warn about the practice of child sacrifices.

& # 39; Why we are here, we have heard of a story about a child sacrificed here and unfortunately the people who kill these children are among us & # 39 ;, says Pastor Peter.

& # 39; Please, if you know who killed our child, just come and tell us, call the number, we'll even give a reward. Please don't be afraid. If you are scared, it will be your child next time. & # 39;

How To Catch A Witch Doctor broadcast on Dateline on Tuesday 25 June at 21.30 on SBS.

Allan Ssembatya (left) with father Hudson and Pastor Peter (right) after hearing of one of his alleged attackers, Kivumbi Awali, has been arrested

Allan Ssembatya (left) with father Hudson and Pastor Peter (right) after hearing of one of his alleged attackers, Kivumbi Awali, has been arrested

Allan Ssembatya (left) with father Hudson and Pastor Peter (right) after hearing of one of his alleged attackers, Kivumbi Awali, has been arrested

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