The killing of Twins in Nigeria was abolished decades ago by Mary Slessor who was a Scottish teacher and Missionary living in Nigeria years ago. Sadly, a recent discovery has been made of some villages where twins are being killed by hanging, and children who loose their mothers during childbirth are killed as well. They believe that twins are “demons who suck blood at night” and “predestined to kill either parent or both”.
According to information we have gathered “At the place where the babies are born, the witch doctor feeds them with a secretly prepared liquid. He convinces the ordinary people in the community that the liquid is water and that the deaths of the babies actually result from the activities of the gods. The function of the water, he would say, is to keep the spirit of the twin in the family lineage. That’s far from the truth and that substance is highly poisonous. The women experience unbearable pain watching their babies die. In a few communities the women are tagged as unclean for giving birth to ‘forbidden beings’.”
Some campaigns and awareness have been raised and authorities have been contacted and began a community dialogue while some humanitarian organizations have been able to secure the safety of some of the children. There has been cooperation, share of information and help amongst the missionaries, churches, NGO's and individuals with good hearts. But due to a lack of funds and adequate facilities, medical care, feeding and employment of Nannies to look after the kids. We require empowerment and finance. Besides the communities already reported on, there might still be others and we also need good means of transportation, 4 wheel vehicle to reach some remote destinations in the villages. The act is barbaric and we need urgent help from the kind heart-ed people worldwide.