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The savage business of witchcraft hunts

By Oliver Duff

Tanzania – They came for Lemi Ndaki in the night. “I was sleeping when I heard a noise,” explains the 70-year-old Tanzanian grandmother. “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.”

[…]Other elderly women in her village, Mwamagigisi, have not been so lucky. Ng’wana Budodi was shot in the head with an arrow. Kabula Lubambe and Helena Mabula were stabbed to death. Ng’wana Ng’ombe was murdered with a machete, and when they set fire to her hut they killed her husband, Sami. This is the fate awaiting thousands of old people, mostly women, accused of witchcraft. The killings are escalating and the Government does nothing.

Read the original article at: nzherald.co.nz

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