On Friday morning Nathan was examining a child in the club foot clinic. He looked over to the ER just adjacent to the room where he was casting and saw Dr. Bill McCoy treating a patient who had been accused of sorcery.
In PNG and other countries around the world, death is not seen as an accident or natural part of life. It is believed that death comes because someone else brought it about. A woman is usually accused of causing the death and she is tortured for her supposed sorcery.
Just a few months ago a toddler chocked on some food and died. Two women were accused of causing the child’s death and were tortured for 36 hours before the police rescued them. One died shortly after and the other woman was brought to the hospital, but she, too, died from her injuries.
In an effort to stop the torture, the woman will sometimes accuse another of sorcery and the cycle continues as the blame is shifted to someone else.
Several years ago a woman was accused of sorcery and was burned alive. Her young daughter was taken to a place of supposed safety, but on Friday this little girl was brought to Nazarene Hospital because she became one of the youngest victims of torture after being accused. Six years old. Six.
We are here to help bring medical care for people who would not otherwise have it, but more than that we are here to bring the hope of Christ. He will bring freedom from the chains of evil. He will mold a society that is uniquely Papua New Guinean. A society that is not bound by superstition but instead values each member as a child created in His imagine. In the midst of horrible situations like this, there is hope that is found only in Christ. Will you pray with us that God will break the bonds of this practice. Pray for this child as she walks the long path to physical and psychological healing.