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80 Reported Kids Raped in Swaziland Since January

This just kills me. This means there are a lot more cases unreported. Please, please pray with us and send this to your friends to pray too. There's still so much work to do in Swaziland. This comes from our Country Director's blog – Jumbo and Kriek.

We have seen great progress in Ministry here in Swaziland, but when you read articles like this in the Observer this morning you know we still have ways to go to protect the children of Swaziland from all the predators roaming around. We are moving into the Marula season and alcohol abuse will be much higher the next 2 months.


Please join with us in a special prayer today for the protection and healing of the most precious in the eyes of our Father. Here is the article in the Swazi Observer of March 8, 2010

"ABOUT 80 children have been raped in Swaziland in the last two months, police have said. Statistics released by late last week indicate that from January to the end of February, at least 121 rape incidents were reported in the country, and more than two-thirds of these involved children. 
Such alarming figures have fuelled the call for urgent passing of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Bill into law. 

Police Director of Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Senior Superintendent Leckinah Magagula has raised an alarm, especially to women and children – who are major targets of abuse. Senior Superintendent Magagula encouraged parents to keep a ‘hawk-eye' on their children, particularly during the current marula season. The seasonal marula brew and alcohol abuse had been cited as the leading cause for most rape cases in the country. Magagula said a number of children were raped on the way home after school and some at their respective homes.


Police have warned that most children were raped by people well known to them. The statistics show that they are in danger from their siblings, parents, uncles, neighbors and helpers. The unprecedented increase in rape cases has fuelled police to call upon parliament to urgently pass the Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Bill to Law. Senior Superintendent Magagula observed that the country was using outdated laws with light penalties against the perpetrators. She prayed that parliament would apply the same urgency it show when passing the Human Trafficking Law. The country is stuck with pre-colonial laws such as the Crimes Act of 1889 and the Girls and Women's Protection Act of 1920. In essence, such laws cripple the efficiency of the judicial system and do not effectively address the evolving trends of abuse. "It is high time perpetrators are given harsher sentences," she said. 


The Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill have been tabled in both Houses of Parliament and this legislation seeks to address some major gaps which appear in the current laws dealing with sexual offences and domestic violence. For instance, it has broadened the definition of rape to cover not only unlawful sexual intercourse with another but also unlawful sexual acts committed under certain circumstances, including any coercive manner, under false pretence or by fraudulent means, under duress, fear of violence or psychological oppression."

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Wendy Selvig

posted March 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Yes, this breaks my heart. I know that the only way to stop this is education. We have to somehow teach them that raping a young child WILL NOT cure you of AIDS, like the locals generally believe. Lord Jesus, please help the church get the education out there and please protect the children of Swaziland.

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Mary DeMuth

posted March 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This is just wrong, awful and terrible. How God must weep. I weep. Oh Lord, show Yourself strong on behalf of those who can’t defend themselves.

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posted November 17, 2012 at 1:22 am

Marten,I read Faust in college and loved it. Here is an essay I wrote.Why spillfecaicy does Faust sell his soul to the devil? Summarize and discuss his motivations and arguments.Faust selling out to the devil does not mean he gives himself to evil. It basically comes down to a very important statement in which Faust describes his condition. “I feel I gathered up and piled high in vain the treasures of the human mind: When I sit down at last, I cannot find new strength within—it is all dry. My stature has not grown a whit, no closer to the infinite.” He is tired of human learning and feels that he stills needs something to satisfy his thirst. He has obviously thought himself finished with the knowledge men have gathered and writes off knowledge of God as something else… I’ve studied now philosophy and Jurisprudence, medicine and even, alas! Theology, from end to end, with labor keen; and here, poor fool! With all my lore I stand, no wiser than before; again, “Why would you, heaven’s tones, compel me gently to rise from my dust? Resound where tenderhearted people dwell: Although I hear the message, I lack all faith or trust; and faith’s favorite child is miracle. For those far spheres I should not dare strive, from which these tidings come to me; And yet these chords, which I have known since infancy…Faust is in search of something he can not really describe. Indeed when ponders the scope of human attainment today it would take eternity to explain and makes sense of each aspect and avenue of the sciences.Taking into consideration the state and condition of Faust during that time period it could very well be that he learned all that there was to learn from books. Human intuition, and moreover, ego let us imagine that there has to be something more than what we have experienced. After searching high and low and finally amassing knowledge useless, one begins to ponder what else is there? Faust’s condition is not unique but it comes down to a very modern saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’.His plight is apparent only to himself and naturally when he tries to explain it to others he is at a loss of words. While talking with Wagner he reveals the nature of his problem. “Two souls, alas, are dwelling in my breast, and one is striving to forsake its brother. Unto the world in grossly loving zest, with clinging tendrils, one adheres, the other rises forcibly in quest of rarified ancestral spheres…” Faust is simply torn between settling for that which is, and chasing after the forbidden fruit.After meeting the deviling he is promised an experience to which his appetite would be satisfied. Knowing full well after a while that this spirit hides a certain intention he figures that he must be able to think or trick the devil back to his place and if worst comes to worst, he back to his. He is without fear and does not really take into consideration the consequences of the bet if he loses.

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