Malawi Police raid Seventh Day Apostolic church to rescue burnt child: Parents would not take him to hospital due to religious beliefs

Commotion erupted between Mangochi Police and members of Seventh Day Apostolic Church after  police officers wanted to rescue a burnt child whose parents would not take him to hospital due to religious beliefs.

Daudi: Child in hospital

The police on Tuesday  raided the camp which houses the church members and whisked away the six-year-old child, who has burns which have worsened with time.

The child is currently admitted to Mangochi District Hospital under police guardianship.

Mangochi Police Station assistant spokesperson Amina Tepani Daudi identified the child as Junior Umar.

In an interview, Daudi said the boy’s parents did not take him to hospital as it is against their religious beliefs.

“There are some Seventh Day Apostolic Church members who settled in the forest at Chipalamawamba Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in the district.

“Two weeks ago, two of their children were playing and accidentally the victim was pushed by his friend and fell in a pot of hot water which was on a nearby fire. The boy got burnt and sustained injuries on the stomach, buttocks and also his private parts,” said Daudi.

She said one of their church members reported the situation to police after noting that the child’s condition was worsening.

“We immediately went to rescue the boy.

“But when we got there, a wrangle erupted between us and male church members, who could not let us enter the house to see the boy. But we used our skills and managed to take the child to the hospital,” said Daudi.

The boy comes from Misuku Village, Traditional Authority Misuku in Chitipa District.


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6 years ago

Junior umar? Misuku? Is this a baptism name?

prof. Odiyayo
prof. Odiyayo
6 years ago

This freedom of worship is dangerous. This is why I don’t support human rights because they protect the rich and powerful and deprive the poor. Such religious movements should be banned in the country. What they believe in a sheer of ignorance. It has nothing to do with Christianity. They are wizards and witches using the Holy Bible. God will punish you.

6 years ago
Reply to  prof. Odiyayo

Join the discussion You mean the child was not feeling the pains? The parents should and are stupid enough. Hot water is dangerous to someones body, parent are not feeling it. Which chapter in the Bible is supporting such cases not to go hospital? They are witches. If you are parents you do not deserve to go to Heaven because you are killers, and you are stupid. Do you expect to go to Heaven and chat/stay with God? Please, do not make issues to happen, who do you intertain? Stupid parents. Thank police to rescue the child who is in… Read more »

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