David, a young man from the Ivory Coast, was 6 months chained like a dog in front of the house of his aunty in Kissi. A voodoo healer forbade any contact with him because he allegedly had an "Evil Spirit".

Every day, his aunt brought him food, but was only allowed to talk a minimum to him. The people laughed and showed the finger at him. When we heard about this break of Human Rights we informed Social Welfare. Together we went to liberate him; the pad locks were rusted, so that they could nearly not be opened; David could barely walk any more. It turned out that he had been a student in a Senior Secondary School in Niger. The students took too much alcohol and smoked hashish and because of these difficulties at the school his mother sent him to his aunty at Kissi.

She gave David in the hands of the Voodoo Healer. After his liberation in February 2007 David spent two months with us at our center, where he emerged as an educated, polite young man. In May, we sent him back to his mother at Ivory Coast. It was not easy for our contact man Ebo, who sent him there, to convince the family to take David back.

David went back to Niger to finish his school education.

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DAVID - SIX MONTHS IN CHAINS AND ROBBED OF HIS DIGNITY