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Tanzania suffers rise of witchcraft hysteria

They came for Lemi Ndaki in the night. “I was sleeping when I heard a noise,” explains the 70-year-old Tanzanian grandmother. “There was no security in my hut and the door was easy to open. I got up to see about the noise and someone grabbed me and chopped off my arm with a machete. I think he came to chop my neck but I raised my hand and he only took my arm.”

A neighbour heard her cries and took her to the hospital in Mwanza, the nearest city, a three-hour drive away on the shore of Lake Victoria. “They couldn’t put my arm back on and the scar still hurts, especially when I’m cold.” That is not surprising: the open bone still pokes out from the skin below her elbow, 19 years later.

Read the original article at: The Independant

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