06 March 2008

Witch Hunts Continue

In some parts of the world, there are still literal witch hunts.

Nolan Yekum and her husband Paul were lynched in Kilip village [in Papua New Guinea] in the jungle-clad western highlands two weeks ago after villagers believed they used black magic to kill a neighbour.

The villagers dragged the couple from their home and hung them from a tree and left them to die . . ."We managed to loosen the noose to get our feet on the ground ... we were able to free ourselves," he said. "My wife, who was about seven months pregnant, delivered the baby while struggling to free herself. It was a painful experience for me and her." . . . Women suspected of being witches are often hanged or burnt to death [in Papua New Guinea].

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