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Kindoki with Mardoche Yembi

Episode 2

In this episode we talk to Mardoche Yembi, a humanitarian and a survivor of childhood accusations of Witchcraft, or Kindoki.

Mardoche is a survivor of witchcraft. After the death of his mother when he was 7, he was sent from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to London, to live with his Aunt and Uncle. What followed was abuse at the hands of his extended family after they started to believe he was a “kindoki child”. Whilst still in primary school, Mardoche survived death threats, emotional abuse and isolation - all while coping with the loss of his mother and the separation from his father and siblings.

While his story is challenging to hear at times, it’s also one of hope, forgiveness and incredible strength in the face of some extraordinary circumstances.


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