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Hex Appeal: Witches Are Overwhelming the Courts in the Central African Republic and that may be a good thing

Atlantic, June 2010, Graeme Wood

SNAKING AROUND the outer wall of the courthouse in Mbaiki, Central African Republic, is a long line of citizens, all in human form and waiting to face judgment. It’s easy to imagine them as the usual mix of drunks, reckless drivers, and check-bouncers in the dock of a small American town. But here most are witches, and they are facing criminal punishment for hexing their enemies or assuming the shape of animals. Continue reading