December 19th 2006 was just another ordinary day for Santos John and Leah Labeja, a couple who lives in Soroti, Uganda—until they found the mutilated body of their four-year-old son Gideon. A man who lived on Santo’s property had lured Gideon away from his house using a musical Christmas card. He cut off Gideon’s tongue and killed the child. Unfortunately, this is not an unusual case and there have been over sixty reported cases of child sacrifice and over a hundred cases of missing children in Uganda over the last three years.
Child sacrifice has recently become a rising issue in Uganda, but this brutal practise has deep antecedents in Ugandan culture. Shockingly, elitists such as medical doctors, well-to-do tycoons, politicians, journalists wallow in the quagmire of this backwardness of demon worships and are involved with the practices of occultism and ritual murders in order to get economic prosperity, blessings and luck’ from the underworld. The clients themselves kill the children and take their body parts to the witchdoctor who performs the rituals and calls on the spirits of the dead. Although the police often catch the murderers and those involved with sacrificing children, they are usually let free as there is no law under the constitution in Uganda, which directly condemns and punishes them. The law condemning those involved with witchcraft does not touch on child sacrifice and has hardly been used in Uganda’s law courts. Santos aims to eventually pass a bill that punishes those involved in any way with ritualistic child sacrifice.