Witches are still being Burnt in New Guinea

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It’s 2013, And They’re Burning ‘Witches’

By Jo Chandler

Belief in black magic persists in Papua New Guinea, where communities are warping under the pressure of the mining boom’s unfulfilled expectations. WomenClothing for Women - New At Pixie Market. Read more ... » are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches — with horrific consequences.


They’re going to cook the sanguma mama!”

The shout went up from a posse of children2 Children drowned over the Weekend in St Lucia. Read more ... » as they raced past the health7 Heart Attack Warning Signs Women Shouldn’t Ignore. Read more ... » clinic in a valley deep in the Papua New Guinean highlands. Inside, Swiss-born nurseVideo: Watch as 2 Police officers body slam nurse, then fist bump afterwards . Read more ... » and nun Sister Gaudentia Meier — 40-something years and a world away from the ordered alps of her homeland — was getting on with her daily routine, patching the wounds and treating the sicknesses of an otherwise woefully neglected population. It was around lunchtime, she recalls.

Sister Gaudentia knew immediately the spectacle the excited children were rushing to see. They were on their way to a witch-burning. There are many names for dark magic in the 850 tongues of Papua New Guinea, sanguma resonating widely in these mountains. The 74-year-old sister hurriedly rounded up some of her staff, loaded them in a car and followed the crowd, with a strong foreboding of what she would find.

Two days earlier she had tried to rescue Angela (not her real name), an accused witch, when she was first seized by a gang of merciless inquisitors looking for someone to blame for the recent deaths of two young menLucian Men Urged To Monitor Prostate Health. Read more ... ». They had stripped their quarry naked, blindfolded her, berated her with accusations and slashed her with bush knivesMust Watch Video - A Dangerous New Game called Knife Ping Pong. Read more ... » (machetes). The “dock” for her trial was a rusty length of corrugated roofing, upon which she was displayed trussed and helpless. Photographs taken by a witness on a mobile phone show that the packed, inert public gallery encircling her included several uniformed policePoliceman rugby tackles teenager with gun after she fires twice at him - video . Read more ... ».

 

 

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 These men call their gang “Dirty Dons 585” and admit to rapes and armed robberies in the Port Moresby area. They say two-thirds of their victims are women.

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 Dini was accused of using black magic to kill her son. His friends dragged her to a pigsty, where she was tortured using bush knives and red-hot iron bars.

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 Dini shows wounds she received after she was accused of using sorcery to kill her own son.

 

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 Rasta was accused of sorcery by people in her village after the death of a young man in 2003. She was set upon by a crowd at his funeral, beaten and strangled until she escaped. She lost her hand in the attack.

 

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