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The Cinderellas of Bukavu – Democratic Republic of Congo

In Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), COOPI provides shelter and education to more than 100 young girls accused of being witches by local superstitions. These girls, some as young as six years old, have been forced out of their homes and shunned by their communities. Any time a family tragedy occurs, such as the death of a family member, a severe illness or a financial loss, it’s common for ignorance and superstition to blame a young girl, holding her responsible as an “evil witch”. The reason is often to be found in the complex socio-economic and cultural environment of deprivation in which many families are forced to live.