When I was seven years old and walking home from school, I was taken by two men. I was running and running. They cut my head and hurt my body. I didn’t know what was happening but I shouted. They kept me in the bush and took two buckets of blood. I tried to run away but I can’t. After I was saved, I was asleep for two months. When I remember those men, I cry.” - Allan, child sacrifice survivor, age 12

In a sea of dark bodies, the translucent skin of those with albinism is considered sacred. Consequently, they are sold, trafficked, and sacrificed so others may supposedly reap their blessings and gain wealth. When the youngest set of twins in this photograph was born, their father tried to sell his four light-skinned sons and daughter to a witch doctor. Their mother fled the village to protect her children from the father who longed for their blood money. Now Ivan’s mother is a single mom of six, living in a one-room concrete house. Every day she works tirelessly to provide for, and protect them. They share one mattress, they do not always have a meal to eat, and they do not have the resources to attend school. They live each day without their father, and with the knowledge that the man who helped create them tried to sell their white bodies for sacrifice.

“I want to be an advocate for these children who don’t have a voice and that’s why I’m in school to be a social worker. Child sacrifice has brought misery in the hearts of many. If we get people to join us in our fight to end child sacrifice, we can bring it to the end.” - Harriet, social worker for Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

It started with the rumor that if you sacrifice a child, you will become wealthy. First you sacrifice a chicken, then a goat, a cow, and finally a child to gain the most riches. The belief that witchcraft leads to great wealth stems from poverty, illiteracy, and a lack of government. It’s hard to know how many children have been killed because so much of it happens in secrecy, but there are over 700 children who have been kidnapped and most likely sacrificed between 2011 and 2015. At its core it is evil. It is the devil. This is hard work but we have seen God’s hands in this ministry from day one. We have seen His work and His light. We have seen God open these doors in government and around this community.” - Peter, pastor and director of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

Child sacrifice is very evil. It affects family, society, and the whole nation. If you sacrifice a child in one specific community, the people in that community will be terrified. They will suffer much trauma. The fear spreads and suddenly many neighborhoods live with this trauma. Child sacrifice doesn’t just affect one family, it affects everyone. If we lose one child, we lose a whole community.” - Shelin, social worker for Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

“It was a Sunday and we had gone to church. We left our children at home. I came home and found that George was missing from the house. I went to check the places that George usually goes but I could not find him. Suddenly my daughter came running after me and was crying. She told me George was dead. I ran, crying. A neighbor told me that George was in the thick bush of a banana plantation, everyone was running. Someone told me he had been cut. The police carried him to a hospital where we found out he had been castrated. The witch doctor who cut him was caught by the police which is good because he destroyed my child. My boy will never be normal again. It is the hardest thing that could ever happen on planet earth.” - Godfrey, father of George, a child sacrifice survivor

“I heard George say to his sister the other day, ‘One day I will grow up, get married, have a wife, and we will have kids together.’ It pierced my heart to hear George talk about his dreams and future as these things cannot happen for him.” - Godfrey, father of George, child sacrifice survivor

Hope, now nine, was kidnapped when she was eighteen months old and kept in a witch doctor’s shrine for one year. The witch doctor constantly drained blood from her body, using her tongue, nails, and hair for witchcraft.  She was severely malnourished and now has an inability to sit up on her own, walk, or speak. Though she needs 24/7 care, she is the happiest kid here. She smiles a lot. Since she cannot speak for herself, I will be her voice for her. She has persevered through much but she has not given up. She’s still here. She welcomes everyone. Children who have been affected by sacrifice are not very happy children, they have very bad dreams at night that sound as though they are being taken away. Even once much healing has happened, they don’t play like a normal child because they always feel as though they will be carried away.” - Florence, Hope’s round the clock caregiver at Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

The most difficult part about my job is that the other witch doctors who actually sacrifice children have made my job really hard because everyone assumes that I do it too.” - witch doctor actively working just outside Kampala, Uganda

“It is difficult as I try to fight for justice for these children but also realize that these witch doctors are human beings as well and they’re hurting too. I asked a witch doctor why he does this and he broke down crying, begging me to pray for him. He kept saying, ‘I don’t know why I do this.’ Some evil power seems to come over him, blinding him. After it’s done, he realizes, ‘Why did I do this? Why did I kill another human being?’” - Peter, pastor and director of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

“I am very passionate about Kanani’s story because these people literally have nothing. When Kanani was ten years old, he was attacked with his seven year old sister in the bush. The girl’s blood was drained and her genitalia was cut off. Kanani witnessed this as they cut his neck. He was found unconscious and his family rushed him to the hospital as soon as they found him. They have no resources to bring their child’s killer to justice. They have lost everything. When they came into our office for help, I would just cry. We could only do so much to help them but I understood. We all felt like running, fighting, helping, crying.” - Shelin, social worker for Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

For more information about child sacrifice in Uganda and how to fight this injustice, visit Kyampisi Childcare Ministries