Category Archives: Politics

Rise in sorcery killings forces law review (Papua New Guinea)

Patrick Matbob, Islands Business, 15 August 2011
When former administrator of PNG’s Madang province died suddenly early this year, doctors attributed his death to stroke. He was known to suffer from a heart condition.  However, his relatives did not think so. They were certain his death was caused by sorcery and were determined to find out who was responsible. This did not come as a surprise to many Papua New Guineans. The late administrator came from Simbu, a province that has become notorious in recent times for the execution of people suspected of being ‘sorcerers’ and ‘witches’. Many of them have unfortunately been defenceless elderly women.

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Hundreds accused of ‘witchcraft’ persecuted in The Gambia

Amnesty International, 18 March 2009

Up to 1,000 people in The Gambia have been taken from their villages by “witch doctors”, taken to secret detention centres and forced to drink hallucinogenic concoctions. Continue reading

Juju and Gambian Jurisprudence

Gambia Journal, 23 February, 2010

In the surreal and magical world of Gambia’s current national affairs it seemed to be in order that Justice Joseph Wowo of the High Court in Banjul on Wednesday 3rd February, convicted and sentenced  three Gambian men to six years imprisonment each for conspiracy to overthrow the legal government of The Gambia and acquisition of criminal charms. Continue reading

Gambian opposition leader slams government over witch hunters

Gambia News, 11 Feb. 2009

The Director of People’s Centre for Social Science Research and Civic Awareness, Halifa Sallah has charged the Gambian government to investigate and disassociate itself from the ongoing arrest of people accused of being witches by purported witch hunters and people posing as military personnel. Continue reading

Witchcraft, An Idiom of Power (Gambia)

The Gambia Journal, 21 April, 2009

It has been about two weeks since anything was heard of about the notorious witch-hunters supposedly ordered in by President Yahya Jammeh. This came after international public opinion focused some attention on the weird developments in the country following the arrest of opposition politician Halifa Sallah last month. Continue reading

The Gambia’s Witch Hunters: when will they hit the cities?

Samsudeen Sarr, The Gambia Echo, 3 March 2009.

…There seems to be an overwhelming indifference among Gambians over what has been happening, leaving me rather intrigued over whether the muteness partly due to the country’s long history of believing in the actual existence of witches and the need to periodically hunt them down through any spiritual means possible. Continue reading

Fear Grip Suspected Gambian Witches! (Gambia)

Musa Jobe, Freedom Newspaper, 19 Feb. 2009

Despite the lull in the apparent state-sponsored hunt for witches and wizards in The Gambia, communities across the land are currently living in heightened fear of being raided by a band of witch-doctors and ruling party supporters rented by the President to purge the West African country of the underworld of sorcerers.

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