In line with our method of collective involvement, YHN/CRARN organised our 2012 edition of Pastors' Parley on 24 October, 2012 at the Civic Center, Ikot.
The meeting was attended by notable pastors and the discussions after the lead presentations by Project Officer (Research), Mr Babatunde Elegbede and Field Coordinator, Emman Okon, was robust and showed the achievements made so far since the project started in 2008.
YHN Pastors' Parley was first sponsored by the Stepping Stones Nigeria in 2010. This year's edition is funded by HAMU, Norway. Special thanks to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Eket
We do it for science, human rights and meaningful development
It is hard to imagine, but it is true, today, that cases of witch-hunting is still so commonplace in some African and Asian countries despite techno-scientific advancements. It is indeed a reality, a hard pill to swallow, that many children and aged women are still being subjected to humiliating conditions, and even killed sometimes, for being witches. The sanest questions, at this juncture, are: Who are the witches? What evidences do these attackers, nay killers, have and proven before attacking these victims of ignorance? And why accusing only the powerless segments of the society, children and women majorly? Obviously, we should not watch indifferently and allow this dastard act to continue.
Our fundamental goal as a team, the HAPSTA SCRIP Project, is to prevent a recurrence of happenings in the dark ages when many are tried and summarily executed at stakes for witchcraft allegations, in the contemporary period. We have therefore decided to be the VOICE of these VOICELESS children and aged, as well as their MEGAPHONE to other concerned global citizens.
The three cardinal focus of this project are:
P- Prosecution (of erring religious leaders and parents) for deterrence E- Enlightenment to wean the public from the con religious leaders feeding fat on their ignorance R- Reunification of the stigmatized with their families for future's sake
The HAPSTA SCRIP Project is supported locally by humanists and human rights individuals and groups, and internationally by the Human Etisk Forbund, Oslo section, HEF, Central and the HAMU, all in Norway; and most recently by the African Unite Against Child Abuse, AFRUCA, UK .