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Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights

This paper examines the link between witchcraft accusations and displacement. Accusations may cause displacement through forced exile or the personal decision to flee from the threat of harm.

In contexts where witchcraft beliefs were held pre-flight, allegations may surface throughout the refugee cycle—during flight, while in a camp or urban refugee setting, during repatriation or once resettled: “Claims and counterclaims about the activities of witches and sorcerers tend to exist in the background of community affairs in the societies where such ideas are held. They flourish in the shadows, fed by gossip and rumour, and emerge into public debate or accusations only in times of specific tension.”

Read the original article at: UN High Commission for Refugees

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