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10-year-old boy thrown into river after being accused of witchcraft

By Mason White 11:56 AM November 26, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A young boy who was accused of being a witch was thrown into a river, police in Nigeria said.

The Akwa Ibom State Police said that 10-year-old Usen Okon, who was thrown into the Imo River after being accused of witchcraft, has survived.

A non-governmental organization (NGO), the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement and Child’s Rights and Rehabilitation Network, said that the boy was being cared for by its members.

The incident began on Tuesday, as the boy was in the care of his aunt identified as Ekaeyen. The woman woke the child and told him to confess that he was a witch.

The boy denied the accusation of witchcraft, and as a result, his aunt threatened to throw him into the nearby river. Ekaeyen then took the boy to the Imo River, and tossed him into it.

Luckily, the boy emerged from the water and went home, only to discover that his aunt fled from the city. Neighbors called the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement, and they took custody of the child.

Police are looking for the aunt, but so far, no arrests have been made.