DOUALA, Cameroon

Dina Doumbe Rode and Eric Bile Massouke are both autistic. In Cameroon, where they live, most people believe they are victims of witchcraft.

Their parents say that while searching for ways to heal, they have had to give in to social pressure by experimenting with traditional or mystical solutions.

Autism refers to a range of conditions that are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behavior, speech, and non-verbal communication skills, according to

Elise Doumbe said her daughter now in her 30s was eyed with suspicion by her neighbors.

“My husband and I never wanted to give

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