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Missionaries in remote Nigeria save twins from sacrifice: 'They are witch, they are evil'

A story of missionaries in Nigeria and their desperate rescue effort -- to save twin children from parents who believe their babies are an evil to be destroyed.
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Chinyere Stevens and her husband Olusola have a brood of children under their care - almost all of them are twins. They are nothing short of Angels of Mercy - Missionaries who convince new mothers in specific traditional Nigerian communities. to hand their newborn twins over to them and save them from certain death.

*A warning, this is a disturbing story.*


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The home of missionaries Olusola & Chinyere Stevens. Currently, they have 50 children in their care.


In Central Nigeria, there is evidence that an ancient and cruel practice continues to thrive. Last year a government committee set out to investigate alleged cases of infanticide... particularly the killing of twin children.

Nigerian journalist, Sam Olukoya investigated the accusations and his documentary is called Where Belief is Born. It was narrated by Vancouver actor, Omari Newton.


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Olusola Stevens: "Can you imagine ... it's possible that this morning a child may be killed."
No one knows how many babies have been sacrificed.


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Chinyere Stevens: "They don't know I'm not their mother, I try to treat them like my own children.
But in future when they ask questions, I will be able to let them know what happened to them."


Liberty Oseni is among those working to overturn the superstitions that lead to the killings of twins and babies. He's with the Centre for Development and Democracy, an independent, not-for-profit research and advocacy organization that operates in Abuja, Nigeria.


We also requested an interview with someone from the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa ... but no one was made available.


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