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16.07.2004 General News

Six Ghanaian Children Commit "Internet Suicide"

By Daily Dispatch

The Catholic Church in Ghana has expressed grave concern about a new kind of website – Cyber Murder – that has been developed on the internet.

Cyber Murder currently teaches various forms of lessons in suicide techniques on the internet. The church's concern stem from the fact that many Ghanaian internet users, mostly children under the ages of 15 and 17, have started massive subscription to the website by logging on to it.

Already, six death cases have been reported in Ghana with four being female children. Rev. Fr. Rex Vegbey, Communication Director of the Divine World Missionaries and Chaplain of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners – in Ghana (CAMP-G) made these disclosures during a public lecture held at the Christ The King Catholic Church Parish Hall in Accra.

The lecture on the theme “Getting the best from the Internet – the family and the society, organised by CAMP-G, was chaired by the Veterian Economist Mr Kwame Pianim. Under the cyber murder techniques, a subscriber, or would be victim who expresses the wish or willingness to die gets into contact with a suicide expert at the website through the internet chat mode facility.

The expert then takes his victim through a series of suicide drill lessons. Upon completion of the drills, the victim gives his or her consent through the chat mode via the internet. After this, the expert then leads his victim through an approved set of suicide instructions by which the victim then commits the act (suicide).

These suicide experts are persons who are well-trained in death squad operations and suicide mission. They are mostly based in North America and in some parts of the East Asian countries and the Middle East, from where they carry out their activities live, via the Internet.

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