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Kaloleni, Kenya

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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Bihar Village Bazaar

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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Helen Duncan

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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Albino African

Albino Teenager Raped In Suspected Witchcraft Cure

by William J. Mbangula Informante.web, Namibia 23 May 2012 The suspected rapist of a 16-year old albino girl was denied bail in Oshakati Magistrate Court on Monday, 21 May. After a tip-off from members of the community the accused, Jonas Mathias, known as Iingumu Netsali (44), from a village near Ongwediva was arrested by the […]

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Ranjita Basumatary

Witchcraft in Assam, India

Ranjita Basumatary does not look much like a witch. Outside her home in Udalguri, a dusty town set amid the sun-baked plains of India’s north-eastern state of Assam, she hangs a green gamosa scarf around your correspondent’s neck and invites him in for tea to talk about witchcraft in Assam. Five years ago, in early […]

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Pittenweem, Fife

Village Plans Scotland’s First Official Memorial To Witches

The 1,600 citizens of a Scottish village called Pittenweem, Fife, are taking part in a controversial “referendum” on whether they want a memorial to witches who were tortured and killed by vengeful mobs in the early 18th Century and where such a memorial should be. At least 26 “witches” were tortured and 18 of them […]

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Helen Ukpabio

Should Witch-Hunter Helen Ukpabio Be Allowed To Visit America?

from The Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters The United States has a strong ethic of not interfering with the internal affairs of religious organizations. The recent unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right of “ministerial exception” sent a clear signal that our government is limited in what in can demand or regulate. In America, religious institutions […]

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Witch Burning

Germany Rehabilitates Its Persecuted ‘Witches’

It began with the trial and execution of an eight-year-old girl for witchcraft in the spring of 1630. Compelled to name others involved in an alleged nighttime dance with the devil in the town of Oberkirchen, the confession of young Christine Teipel sparked a wave of fingerpointing and subsequent trials. Within just three months, 58 people, […]

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Saudi Women

Saudi Arabia Beheads Woman Convicted of Practicing ‘Magic and Sorcery’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi authorities have executed a woman who had been convicted of practicing magic and sorcery. The Saudi Interior Ministry says in a statement the execution took place Monday, but gave no details on the woman’s crime. The London-based al-Hayat daily, however, quoted Abdullah al-Mohsen, chief of the religious police who arrested […]

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Man Beheaded For “Witchcraft” In Saudi Arabia

A Sudanese man has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after being accused of sorcery and witchcraft, the country’s interior ministry confirmed on Monday. The man, Abdul Hamid bin Hussein Mostafa al-Fakki, had been arrested in 2005 and charged with “witchcraft” two years later. He was sentenced to death in the western city of Medina after […]

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