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Old Woman in Tanzania

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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Mahottari-District

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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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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