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EXCLUSIVE: The Country Where Sacrificing Children is a Thriving Business

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GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): It's a little

after 2:00 in the morning, about an hour's drive south

of Kampala.

CBN News has joined undercover detectives, armed police,

and a pastor, hunting for a witch doctor accused

of kidnapping and killing children.

Witch doctors believe that when

you kidnap a child you get wealth, you get protection.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga

leads the search.

He runs Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, a Christian effort

to stamp out child sacrifice in Uganda.

He describes the witch doctor's brutal ritual.

When they get a child, most times they cut the neck, they

take the blood out, they cut the genitals, or any body organs

that the spirits want.

In a sense, it involves a child dying.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): A few hours

in, the trail for the killer goes cold.

Pastor Peter says these gruesome crimes

happen almost each month.

And there are very few, actually, that survive.

Most of them die.

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INTERPRETER: I had high hopes and dreams for Clive.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Rachel Kaseggu's

three-year-old son, Clive, disappeared June 2, 2015

while playing in the backyard of their home.

INTERPRETER: It was around 10:00 in the morning

when we noticed he was nowhere to be found.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): CBN News

met Kaseggu the day police told her what happened to her son.

INTERPRETER: I've never even heard of child sacrifice.

I didn't even know what the phrase meant.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Detective Emmanuel Mafundo

took us to the spot, not too far from his home,

where they found Clive's remains.

In this pit toilet filled with human feces.

Mafundo said the key suspect turned out

to be Kaseggu's neighbor, a wealthy businessman who

allegedly hired two men to kidnap and mutilate

Clive's body, Believing the act would bring good luck

to his new hotel project.

Detective Mafundo said the suspect paid the equivalent

of $1,400 for Clive's life.

Child sacrifice today, in Uganda,

is such a serious and widespread problem that the government has

even set up an anti child sacrifice and human trafficking

task force.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Chief investigator Moses Binoga

says that in addition to decapitation,

witch doctors often slice the child's tongue

and mix it with herbs for special powers.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Mike Chibita

is Uganda's top law enforcement official, the equivalent

of America's Attorney General.

He says superstition, and the desire to get rich quick,

contribute to high child sacrifice rates

in this country.

The connection is, these witch doctors come and tell

people who want to get rich that in order to get rich,

you need to sacrifice human blood.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Best friends

Kanani Nankunda, George Mukisa, and Allan Ssembatya

are fortunate to be alive, but bear the physical and emotional

scars of their past.

The three are child sacrifice survivors.

A few years back, Kanani and his seven-year-old sister

were attacked in the bush.

He has a 10 inch scar on the back of his neck

where the witch doctor tried to drain his blood.

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INTERPRETER: I fainted and when I regained consciousness

I found my sister dead with her head missing.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Two men

attacked Allan Ssembatya on his way home from school.

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INTERPRETER: I tried to scream for my parents

but my voice was not strong enough for them to hear me.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): They stabbed

his neck, sliced his head with a machete, then castrated him.

Allan remained in a coma for two months

after his miraculous rescue.

George Mukisa's mother found him lying in a pool of blood

after a man castrated his privates with a blunt knife.

Doctors had to reconstruct his genitals with skin

grafted from his forearm.

The boys say they encourage each other

to look past their physical challenges.

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INTERPRETER: God is helping us in many different ways.

When we think about what happened to us,

we just pray and ask God that this would never

happen to anybody else.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): The three boys

are now under pastor Peter's Care.

Kyampisi Childcare Ministries is the only organization

in the country providing long term financial and medical care

for survivors of child sacrifice.

We want to see that the life of a child who has survived

is supported, that they are socially able to stand and heal

from the injuries, and that they can have a life after that.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): Rachel Kaseggu

says life without Clive will never be the same.

Still, she has a message for the men who brutally

murdered her 3-year-old son.

INTERPRETER: Because of my faith in Jesus,

I believe in second chances.

And I would give it to them because there's nothing

I can do to bring Clive back.

My message to them is confess your sins and come to the Lord.

Because when you come to the Lord he will forgive your sins.

GEORGE THOMAS (VOICEOVER): George Thomas, CBN News,

Kampala, Uganda.

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