Friday, June 07, 2013

Pacific Islands Fear Spread of Sorcery Killings

Dang, they still burn "witches" in the 21st century.

Poor 20-year-old Kepari Leniata was burned alive after a young boy died in a hospital and for some reason relatives blamed her for the death, accusing her of witchcraft.  Her husband is missing and thought to have somehow been involved with the accusations. She herself was the mother of an infant. No arrests have been made.

As a result of the increased violence, there is a conference being held in Australia to deal with what people believe could become a maor problem if it spreads from PNG to other regions of the Pacific.

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