Congolese law states that a person who accuses a child of sorcery can face up to three years in penal servitude. Learn more in this excellent short video from UNICEF about 'Josiane', a girl accused of sorcery, in Goma. The comment by the concerned policeman at the end sums it up, really.
"For the two weeks that I read this book, my life was split between it and reality. Increasingly, I wanted to stay in the book. Absolutely recommended. Who is Mike Ormsby and why isn't this a film?" http://amzn.to/1h4FrKf
Andreea Dermigian of Radio Romania International will interview Mike & Angela (author & publisher) on 18.12.13, if their flight from Baku to Bucuresti is not delayed! Fingers crossed for a world exclusive: first i-v about Child Witch Kinshasa. Time-to-dressy-up time!
Child Witch Kinshasa was '#1 best seller' on Amazon UK (African Literature), 6 Dec 2013, just three days after publication. Spooky but true.
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A new friend on Facebook, Nick Nwolisa, has contacted me to say: "Good job. I hope I can read your book. When I was working in Eket, Nigeria, I remember always seeing children roam the strength without homes and no one cared. I got to discover that most were accused of being witches. It's a huge problem in southern part of Nigeria. I wrote this article 5 years ago. http://nigeriaworld.com/articles/2008/dec/070.html I should say it was posted in a haste without proper proofreading. Lots of semi-colon where I could have used period : )"
L'aventure commence, as our Francophone friends say. Nicoaro Books published today my first novel, Child Witch Kinshasa. I spent ten years writing it, after leaving D.R. Congo in 2002. Since then, my wife Angela I have lived in ten different countries, including several in Africa. Good for inspiration but hellish for concentration. Another new flat? Another broken washing machine? New places, new faces. "You're writing a novel? Really, what about?" Today we provide the answer. Try this 500-word sample, if you're curious. Buy if you'd like more. I'll post news and reviews here, as and when. Child Witch London will be published March 2014. Bye for now.