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Twins Face Ritual Killing

Mabel and Bethel were born to Christian parents in a remote Nigerian village where twins were considered a curse, and witch doctors rule. How could they escape this primitive and horrible ritual? See how you gave them a way out! Read Transcript


Reporter: MAYBELLE AND

BETHEL ARE HAPPY TWINS.

THEIR PARENTS ARE CHRISTIAN,

BUT IN THIS REMOTE PART OF

NIGERIA, SUPERSTITION SAYS

THAT TWINS ARE A CURSE.

WHEN OUR TWINS WERE BORN,

I LOVED THEM IMMEDIATELY,

AND MY WIFE LOVED THEM,

TOO.

BUT WE KNEW IF WE KEPT THEM,

THEY WOULD BE KILLED.

Reporter: USUALLY WHEN

TWINS ARE BORN, THEY'RE LEFT

IN A BACK ROOM OF A COMPOUND

LIKE THIS TO STARVE TO

DEATH.

THIF THE PARENTS DECIDE

THEY WANT TO RAISE THEM, AT

SOME POINT WHEN THE FATHER

IS AWAY AT WORK, TRIBAL

MEMBERS WILL USE MASKS TO

SCARE THE MOTHER OFF, AND

THEY'LL USE POISON TO SLOWLY

KILL THEM.

WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THAT,

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WOULD

GET THE MONEY TO PAY FOR MY

GIRLS TO BE RAISED THERE.

AND THEN THEY RESCUED MY

DAUGHTERS FOR FREE.

THAT TOUCHED ME IN A WAY I

CANNOT EXPLAIN.

Reporter: THE HOME IS

RUN BY GLORY AND HER

HUSBAND, AND TOGETHER THEY

HAVE TAKEN IN 60 CHILDREN.

I CAN SEE DOCTORS AMONG

THEM, I CAN SEE LAWYERS, I

CAN SEE THEM PASTORS, AND I

CAN SEE THEM GOING BACK TO

THEIR VILLAGES TO RESCUE THE

CHILDREN.

Reporter: THE GIRLS ARE

JUST HAPPY TO HAVE BEDS AND

A HOME TO CALL THEIR OWN.

LIVING HERE, THEY HAVE A

CHANCE AT A GOOD FUTURE.

AND THEY STILL SPEND TIME

WITH THEIR PARENTS.

WHEN I SEE MY TWINS, MY

HEART ABSOLUTELY MELTS.

AT THAT HOME, THEY ARE

HEALTHY AND WELL-CARED FOR.

THAT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY.

THANK YOU.

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