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GABON: Religious and civil society march against Ritual Killings



More than 20 000 people last Saturday took part in the march against Ritual Killings in Gabon. The organisers of the event said with the march they wanted to send a strong message to those involved in the reckless murders to stop the massacre of innocent human beings , and that enough was enough with impunity. The ritual killings are tied to the belief that the body parts of those sacrificed can bring Good Luck in life.
The president of the Association for the Fight against Ritual Crimes, Elvis Ebang Ondo, told the Catholic local media () that an estimated 20 mutilation killings take place every year. People from all walks of life took part in the protest, with Christian and Muslim religious leaders marching side by side with civil authority leaders that included the wife of the president of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba. The First Lady, Episcopal Conference of Gabon, and the Organisation against Ritual Crime in Gabon, recently made an appeal to those involved to stop taking the life of innocent Souls.
At the end of Saturday’s march, the protesters presented a declaration to President Ali Bongo Ondimba, urging him to fight the crime. The president has since assured a reinforcement of the police and the acceleration of justice delivery. The country is also in the process of revising the penal code so that the judicial regulations can fall in line with the current challenge of ritual crime in the country.




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