Meet 9-year-old David. David & his family live in what’s referred to as the “heart of witchcraft” in #Uganda. 2 years ago, David & his little sister, Sharon, were brushing their teeth under a coffee plant in the front yard. That’s when the strangers approached. “Two men came here & started calling us,” says David. “I told Sharon to run. I ran.” Sharon, a toddler, couldn't keep up. The men captured her, pressing chloroform to her face to silence her cries. #Childsacrifice is an abomination. Abductors are middlemen between people desperate—for money, to bear children, or to rid their bodies of disease. Witchdoctors convince them that only a child’s body part, such as the head, the fingers, or the private parts, mixed with traditional medicine, will cure the problem. Ritual demands that the parts be removed while the child is still alive & conscious. World Vision’s Amber Alert-style program is taking on child sacrifice in Uganda. The program is ingenious in the way it has created a radical partnership between leaders of all faiths, law enforcement, local government, child protection committees, & traditional healers. The message is: stopping child sacrifice is everyone’s responsibility. When a child is abducted, the community is ready. Villagers are taught to intervene, and, if that doesn’t work, to sound the alarm. 73 villages are equipped with drums that beat out a special rhythm & megaphones to carry the sound across the miles. Motorcycles block off exit routes & logs are laid on paths to stop the abductors. And It works. 8 children have been saved this year from child sacrifice because the community responded. Villagers comb the fields, searching for the children. The abductors, frightened, dump the children & flee. That’s what happened to Sharon. When David saw the men, he ran until he found his neighbor, Chiwa. Chiwa informed other members who got the message on the megaphone. Because the megaphone was heard by the abductors, they dropped her. Sharon is safe. She’s 4 now. Family life has changed. Today the children go everywhere with their parents. This project continues to expand into more communities & will help lead the efforts to stop this criminal act.