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A child accused of witchcraft
Meet sixteen-year-old Josiane*.  She lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been living a true nightmare after being called a witch.

As you can imagine…accusations of sorcery puts children at tremendous risk of discrimination or retribution. Although it is against Congolese law to accuse a child of sorcery, children like Josiane face such claims. UNICEF is working to protect children accused of witchcraft and to change cultural behaviour that puts these children at risk.

As a result…today…with support from a centre for vulnerable children…Josiane has been able to catch up on missed lessons at school and has dreams for the future.

Please…if possible…share her tremendous story.

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/drcongo_69736.html

* Name has been changed.

mare-dea asked:

Also is it generally considered offensive if I'm playing around with spells if I'm not sure if I believe in the magic behind it, so long as I am careful and respectful of what I'm doing? I.e. I only cast simple helpful spells and don't mess around with anything that could cause harm.

I don’t find it offensive. I sometimes look at magic like a science project or a DIY project. Did it work? How well did it work? What could I tweak to make it work better?

However, I am an agnostic secular witch so religious praxis and whatnot don’t really work for me. I am a fan of starting small for most things. Build your own foundation and read about how other people built their foundation. Also, if you can, document everything you do. That way you can use it again if it works or chuck it if it doesn’t.