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Witch Hunts In Papua New Guinea Linked To Jealousy

It should come as no surprise that the witchcraft related violence in Papua New Guinea is based mostly upon simple human jealousy. Experts say the witch hunting appears to be spreading to parts of the country where those practices never took place before. Those experts, as well as government officials in the South Pacific nation, […]

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Pandhurna, Chhindwara District, India

INDIA: A Mother and Her Son Burnt to Death for Practicing Witchcraft

INDIA – A mother named Neelu, 25, and her three-year-old son were burned to death on April 2, 2013 in Pandhurna in Chhindwara district. They had been accused of practicing witchcraft by their neighbors, who suspected that the woman was a tonhi (sorceress). Their accusations resulted in the neighbors beating Neelu before they poured kerosene […]

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ZAMBIA: Two Elderly People Killed on Witchcraft Suspicion

PETAUKE, ZAMBIA – Two elderly people have been axed to death in the Eastern Province of Zambia on suspicion of practicing witchcraft. Police Public Relations Officer Ms. Elizabeth Kanjela announced that Phanele Lupiya aged 63 of Chakumanika Village in Petauke was axed to death by her nephew, Lovemore Mwanza, aged 30 of the same village. “The […]

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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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