Category Archives: HIV

Laws needed to tackle PNG ‘sorcery’ killings: Amnesty

25 Jul 2011, Radio

In Papua New Guinea there have been calls for new laws to deal with sorcery-related killings, following the deaths of three women. Continue reading


Homosexuality should be condemned by all- Sunyani Clergy (Ghana)

Sunyani (B/A), July 20 2011, Ghana News Agency
Pastor Oduro-Mensah observed that people engaged in homosexuality and lesbianism were, “under the influence of demons that have nothing good to offer humanity”.

Pastor Frimpong stressed that “even though God is so merciful, if his children do not obey Him and go contrary to His word, He will also not hesitate to punish them”.

He reiterated that though Ghana was governed by democratic principles, “we should not sit down aloof and watch the few individuals to capitalize on the fundamental human rights enshrined in our constitution to adopt these demonic cultures to bring God’s judgment on us all”. Continue reading

Kenyan Who Blessed Palin Chases Witches at Home (United States)

Zoe Alsop, October 12, 2008

KIAMBU, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)–Back in 2005, when Sarah Palin was mayor of the tiny Alaskan town of Wasilla, nobody made much of a visit from a Pentecostal pastor by the name of Bishop Thomas Muthee from the somewhat larger Kenyan town of Kiambu.

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Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt

Tracy McVeigh, The Guardian, 9 Dec. 2007

The rainy season is over and the Niger Delta is lush and humid. This southern edge of West Africa, where Nigeria’s wealth pumps out of oil and gas fields to bypass millions of its poorest people, is a restless place. In the small delta state of Akwa Ibom, the tension and the poverty has delivered an opportunity for a new and terrible phenomenon that is leading to the abuse and the murder of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children. And it is being done in the name of Christianity. Continue reading

Killer Diseases of Continent’s Poor (Africa), Pamela Olet, 31 March 2010

Sleeping sickness, elephantiasis, leprosy, helminthiasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, Buruli ulcers, schistomiaisis and yaws are among neglected diseases that still ravage lives covertly as nations publicise tuberculosis, malaria and Aids.

High levels of illiteracy reduce the disease perception index, shrouding them in the belief in witchcraft. The stigma attached to most of the diseases further torments the victims into an otherwise early but a preventable death. Continue reading

‘Witches’ to cause mayhem at Cup of Nations 2008! (Ghana)

The Statesman, 10 Oct. 2010, Gabriel Amoah

The Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations scheduled for January next year has hit a bizarre and hilarious snag, as it is claimed to have  been targeted by ‘witches’ all over the world as their platform to cause mayhem among sports fans who will witness the tournament, if the impending witches conference due for the middle of this month is allowed to come off.  Continue reading

Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America

Bill Berkowitz, AlterNet, 1 March 2010.  

Imagine a religious movement that makes geographic maps of where demons reside and claims among its adherents the Republican Party’s most recent vice presidential nominee and whose leaders have presided over prayer sessions (one aimed at putting the kibosh on health-care reform) with a host of leading GOP figures.

It’s a movement whose followers played a significant role in the battle over Proposition 8, California’s anti-same-sex marriage initiative, and Uganda’s infamous proposed Anti-Homosexuality Law, more commonly associated with the Family, a religious network of elites drawn from the ranks of business and government throughout the world. But the movement we’re imagining encompasses the humble and the elite alike, supporting a network of “prayer warriors” in all 50 states, within the ranks of the U.S. military, and at the far reaches of the globe — all guided by an entire genre of books, texts, videos and other media.

Imagine that, and you’ve just dreamed up the New Apostolic Reformation, the largest religious movement you’ve never heard of. Continue reading