Yesterday, I had the unique opportunity of speaking on phone with Ms. Mercy Ekwere, the woman who was put through a horrendous attack by Edo community in Esit Eket, Nigeria. Ms. Ekwere said she was delighted to know that people around the world were sympathetic to her plight and expressed appreciation to the various people who called to console her and condemned the cowardice attack on her.
She said she was amazed to realize that there were people in this world who did not support attacks on people accused of witchcraft.
Mercy, who suffered fracture and dislocation on her hands and neck, appealed for support from people around the world to come to her aid. She said even though she becomes healthy again, she would not be able to go back to her village where she has a mini vegetable farm because the villagers were bent on killing her, especially since a brother to the child whose death caused the attack on her has just died too.
The lady who is now gripped with fear of the unknown was asked if she now believed that witchcraft did not exist. She said that alone she did not know and could not tell because since she was born, nobody has ever told her that witchcraft did not exist.
The recuperating lady said she was really concerned about the health situation of her eleven-month-old child who was with her estranged husband, as her health was not really stable as at the time she was driven out of the house due to the witchcraft stigma.