Saturday, May 24, 2008

Witchcraft In Kenya

In case you missed this last week, 15 women were recently burned to death after being accused of witchcraft.

Link: Press TV
"At least fifteen women accused of being witches have been burned to death by a rampaging mob in a village in western Kenya, police say.

A gang of about 100 people moved from house to house searching for the women in Kisii District late Tuesday, tied up their victims and set them ablaze, Local official Mwangi Ngunyi and witnesses said. They also torched 50 houses in Nyakeo village, located some 300 kilometers (180 miles) northwest of the capital Nairobi.

Mwangi Ngunyi condemned the murders, saying a security operation has been launched to hunt down villagers suspected of killing the women. "People must not take the law into their own hands simply because they suspect someone," AFP quoted Ngunyi as saying.

The area has witnessed similar attacks in the past when people suspected of engaging in witchcraft have been killed or ostracized. Dozens of suspected people were killed in western Kenya in the 1990s, amid allegations of sorcery. "

Also: Herald Sun - Mob burns "witches" to death
"Several cases have also been reported in recent months in neighbouring Tanzania, forcing President Jakaya Kikwete to order special protection for albinos, who were murdered and mutilated for good luck by witch-doctors."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a sad and horrific story. Thanks so much for alerting us all. I've linked this story to my blog and know my readers will appreciate it.