The controversial treatment [for HIV] is offered by a church in Ethiopia which claims to have cured hundreds of believers.
Sky News correspondent Ian Woods reports on the practice doctors in the country say is extremely dangerous:
”It was a scene which reminded me of the holocaust.
Naked men, women and children, some of them in chains to prevent them escaping, cower in front of the men in charge in a dimly-lit room in the church of St Mary on Mount Entoto.
Every day, thousands of people with the virus come here to be ”baptised”, though the act is performed without ceremony and in a way which seems brutal to outsiders.
Plastic jerry cans are filled with water from a pool, and passed along a human chain to priests dressed like deep sea fishermen. The bright yellow waterproofs protect them from the drenching they administer to their congregation.
They hurl the water over the mass of people kneeling in front of them who shriek and scream, either through devotion or the simple shock of the cold water hitting their naked flesh.
Some cried out for the demons to leave their body, while priests hit them with wooden crosses. Many of them clutched their babies while the water was is shaken from the plastic containers. It is an extraordinary sight.