The Boy in the River (Anglais) Broché – Version intégrale, 7 juin 2012
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'As well as being an important book for all sorts of reasons, The Boy in the River is a remarkable one. The horror it evokes will be matched by a sense of disbelief that such appalling things are happening, now, in London. What makes it all the more powerful is the deliberately measured manner in which it is written. Throughout, there s a sense that Hoskins is struggling to maintain his own equilibrium, his own sanity even, as he explores what he calls, with ample justification, the darkest underbelly of human nature ' --Evening Standard
'An eye-opening book that makes a strong case for cultural understanding'
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On 21st September 2001 the mutilated torso of a small child was found floating beside London s Tower Bridge, one tide away from being swept into the North Sea.
Unable to identify the victim, the Murder Squad turned to Richard Hoskins, a young professor of theology with a profound understanding of African tribal religion, whose own past was scarred by a heartbreaking tragedy. Thus began a journey into the tangled undergrowth of one of the most notorious murder cases of recent years; a journey which would reveal not only the identity of the boy they called Adam but the horrific truth that a succession of innocent children have been ritually sacrificed in our capital city.
Insightful and grippingly written, The Boy in the River is an inside account of a series of extraordinary criminal investigations and a compelling personal quest into the dark heart of humanity.
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Richard Hoskins originally went to live in The Congo as a young man. His twin daughters were born there and one died very young. When the second daughter started to become sick, it was suggested that he should sacrifice a chicken or goat to save her from the call of her twin, from beyond the grave. Sadly the second daughter died too, but this event resulted in Mr Hoskins becoming aware of the practice of sacrifice. Also known as kindoki, this has subsequently developed into a much more extreme version and it is no longer just chickens or goats that are sacrificed. Extremist African churches are starving, beating and abusing young children who have been accused of witchcraft. Sometimes this may be because of some behaviour of the child, sometimes because a relative becomes sick and the child is blamed. Either way the accusations and their solutions are beyond belief.
In his book, Richard Hoskins describes those early years in The Congo. He explains how the boy's torso was discovered and the phorensic work that followed it. He takes us through several court cases and other instances where these extreme religious views have resulted in the suffering of innocents. Although it is very well written, it is not an easy book to read. However, these practices are now no longer hidden in the dark; as detectives become aware that these things occur, so other children can be saved from following in their footsteps.
An eyeopening book, highly recommended.
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