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 childrenPolice Start Crime Watch In Schools (St Lucia). Read more ... » as they raced past the healthHealth Ministry Gets Trini Help In Fight Against Dengue. 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 trialCleared of Rape Conviction via Facebook, Footballer Gets NFL Chance. Read more ... » 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 policePolice Start Crime Watch In Schools (St Lucia). Read more ... ».
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