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KENYA, NIGERIA, UGANDA: A Busy Week For Witch Hunters

The witch hunters have been busy this week. Reports of attacks came in from Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Kenya: Gang Burns Houses Over Witchcraft Allegations Fifteen family members of the Talai clan in Nandi County, Kenya are camping at a church after attackers who accused them of being witches torched their houses. Seven houses were […]

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: It’s 2013, And They’re Still Burning Witches

One of many such stories. The photograph accompanying this article was taken in 2013. Or 2012 at the earliest. This is not ancient history. What follows are excerpts from an article at The Global Mail about Papua New Guinea, where belief in black magic persists and women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as […]

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An inmate rests his hand on the bars of a prison controlled by the SLA/Mini Minawi in Shangle Tubaya village

Nigerian Man Convicted of Witchcraft

Perhaps the most disturbing part of a story out of Abuja, Nigeria is that of one Auta Yako, 50, of Kugbo Market. The Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court on Monday convicted Mr. Yako for being a wizard and inciting public disturbance. The prosecutor, Francis Udofia, a police corporal, told the court that Mr. Yako had confessed openly […]

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Woman Beheaded on Suspicion of Witchcraft

On January 12th, 2013 in Jamshedpur, India, a man walked into the Rajnagar police station with the severed head of his 60-year-old sister-in-law and surrendered it, himself and the axe he used to kill the woman with to police in the Murumdih village in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district. Identified as Bagit, also known as Diku Mardi, […]

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Nyamizi, Accused Witch, Has Hand Chopped Off

Extreme violence and abuse is common against older women in Tanzania due to allegations of witchcraft. According to the Tanzania Legal and Human Rights Centre, between 2004 and 2009 more than 2,585 older women were killed in eight regions of the country because of alleged witchcraft. Although Tanzania has ratified the Convention on the Elimination […]

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Nepalese Woman Suffers Torture For 4 Years For Witchcraft

NEPAL: Relatives of a woman in the Padaul village, in the Mahottari district of south-eastern Nepal, have subjected her to torture for 4 years for witchcraft. Kari Yadav of Ward No. 2 of the VDC said relatives of Chadrakala Devi, 35, thrashed and boycotted her for the past four years calling her a witch. Chandrakala […]

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Woman Killed and Burned in Colombia over Suspected Witchcraft

A woman was killed and burned in Columbia over suspected witchcraft over the weekend in the town of Santa Barbara. The naked body of María Berenice Martínez, 47,  was found inside her house with blows to the skull, her hair ripped out and apparently  set afire. The killers had tied the door shut with a rope so she couldn’t escape. After […]

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Three Kaloleni Elders Killed Over Witchcraft

Police in Kaloleni, Kenya have launched a manhunt for a gang of men who are believed to have cause three Kaloleni Elders killed over witchcraft in the small African village. The three men, ages ranging between 60 and 65, were hacked to death with machetes after being accused of practicing witchcraft. Kaloleni DC Fredrick Ayieko described […]

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Three Beaten to Death for Practicing Witchcraft in Bihar

Daily Bhaskar: Gaya, Bihar, India – In an age when scientists have almost accurately discovered the God Particle that gave mass to all other particles, people are being beaten to death for practicing witchcraft. The residents of Karasan village have beaten up two people to death on Thursday for allegedly practicing witchcraft. According to reports in […]

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Britain’s ‘Last Witch’: The Campaign to Pardon Helen Duncan

Anyone who thinks witch hunts are a thing of the far distant past (like the Middle Ages) would do well to consider the example of Spiritualist Helen Duncan. She was found guilty in Britain of contravening section 4 of the Witchcraft Act of 1735 - in 1944! Campaigners looking to clear the name of Britain’s last convicted witch […]

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