Thursday, January 5, 2012

Modern Day Witch Killing

Artists sketch from the trial.
The BBC is reporting that a 15-year-old boy named Kristy Bamu - a Parisian whose ancestry hails from the Congo - was killed by his uncle and family members because his uncle accused him of being a witch or sorcerer.

To be very clear, there is absolutely no evidence at this time that Kristy was a practitioner of magic or an adherent of any modern pagan belief system. With that out of the way, this was a horrendous act of violence committed against someone utterly without cause. Bamu suffered 101 injuries, and prosecutors call the acts "depraved, wicked, and cruel."

From the BBC article: (a warning, this is incredibly graphic)

When police arrived they found Kristy and his siblings - brother Yves, 22, and and sister Kelly, 20, and other children. Kelly Bamu said their holiday turned sour when Mr Bikubi and Ms Bamu, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, accused Kristy, herself and their younger sister of "being witches or sorcerers - practising witchcraft - and adversely influencing his three-year-old son," Mr Altman said.
"Despite her own siblings' denials that they were sorcerers, Magalie Bamu joined her boyfriend in repeating these fantastic claims and participating in the assaults." The three were beaten and refused food, drink and sleep and eventually, to stop the torture, they admitted being sorcerers, the jury was told. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi's attention, the court heard.
Mr Altman said: "Wickedly, the defendants also recruited sibling against sibling as vehicles for their violence.
"In a staggering act of depravity and cruelty, they both forced the others to take part in the assaults upon Kristy."
He added: "As Kristy's injuries became ever more severe he even pleaded to be allowed to die."
Mr Altman said Mr Bikubi's admission of manslaughter was rejected by the prosecution, which argues the couple carried out "the very deliberate murder" of Kristy. Ms Bamu also denies two charges of causing actual bodily harm to her sisters.
The BBC also reports that the victim, by the end, was begging to die. 
I have nothing that I can add to this. Honestly, at this point in time, I am just staring at my screen with my jaw dropped. This is depraved, and it shouldn't happen at all, but especially in the modern age. It speaks to many things: mental illness (I'm reminded of the story of the man who was convinced God wanted him to gouge out his own eyes in church), mob mentality, the need for education, and the problem of nobody wanting to stand up in the face of violence. There were a lot of people in that house. Any of them could have picked up the phone and ended this. 
Light a candle for Kristy Bamu. Wish his spirit well. And, if you so choose, join me in wishing his uncle a lifetime of suffering. 
Love and Lyte,
Fire Lyte

7 comments:

  1. It takes a great deal to make me tear up. Call me jaded, but usually I don't unless it is my family. My heart breaks for this young man and I hope the god of his choice gives him the rest he deserves.

    Now as for the Uncle...

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  2. Same here. I normally don't tear up at news, being desensitized and all, but this story instantly hit home. Not for being a witch, but for being 'different' in my small town. I was never abused to this extent, but evil for the sake of lack of knowledge and purposeful idiocy pains me to my core. His uncle deserves terrible, terrible things to happen to him. Though, I hope he isn't allowed the mercy of having his tribulations ended anytime soon.

    I know that's awful, but I'm putting it out there.

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  3. I am horrified and disgusted. This did not take place in a third world nation, where the excuse of superstition and ignorance can be used with some credibility. This is nothing more than religious perversion and a violent psychosis of evil. Until we start recognizing this for what it is it will not be treated responsibly by the legal or medical communities, and we will continue to see more and more. I am shocked when I read about this type of thing in South Africa, where witch hunting is practically a blood sport, but to see this reported by the BBC is beyond anything I can fantham.

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  4. Dear Fire Lyte,

    This is a very, very sad article. However it's not a unique case. Year after year, in this modern, advanced, educated, democratic part of the world of us, people is tortured to levels most of us can't even imagine. Wives beaten inches away from death, or forced to give themselves to be denigrated and tortured to save their children, at the hands of no other, but their husbands who swore to love them and protect them, at the hands of their in laws, and even their own parents, siblings and other relatives. Children being tortured by their own parents, or gay people, people of other religions tortured by members of their own community with such cruelty it falls beyond description.

    At least Kristy didn't have to endure this for years, and at least his murderers were brought to justice. How many beasts walk free, bragging about how they "took care of business"?

    My heart and my prays go out for Kristy, and may his soul be blessed and comforted in the infinite, loving presence of The Divine, healed in eternal energy. As for his murderers, I pray for enlightment, so they realize the wrong of their ways and so suck to them the weight of their actions. May they live long, and live all the years Kristy had ahead of him, in deep remorse and guilt.

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  5. I wish that the uncle receives all that which he has justly coming to him. Allow Karma to do its job

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  6. Horrifying. I'm left with nothing but "Why?" Such a small word...but it's all I can think.

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  7. I am also left without words... May Kristy's spirit be soaring in eternal peace and yes, I join you in wishing his uncle eternal suffering...

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