The plight of Togo's so-called 'witch children'

Togo is one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa where the belief in witchcraft is still widespread. Children who are slightly different from the others are among the worst affected. Whether it's due to a physical or mental handicap, hyperactivity or being intellectually gifted, they are often accused of witchcraft and even held responsible for deaths in their family. These children are then subjected to all sorts of abuse: kidnappings, forced labour and torture. Our correspondents report.


Warning: This report contains disturbing footage.

A programme prepared by Aline Schmidt and Jessica Sestili.

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