Witchcraft Stories

Abused, burned and buried alive: The horrific suffering of Nigeria’s child ‘witches’

11-year-old boy had acid poured over him Young girl had a nail driven into her skull Children as young as two are being burned, poisoned and buried alive in Nigeria for being witches, it has been claimed. Hundreds of youngsters are being subjected to horrific violence or chained up for weeks after being accused of withcraft, according to a report by a children's rights charity. In one...

Juju | Air Mail

As is my habit, I was listening to a BBC phone-in program and washing dishes. The program’s discussion had to do with cultural change in Africa, and one of the comments—The speaker angrily wrote off Africans as superstitious and uneducated—stunned me, almost made me drop my precious Nescafe coffee mug. Why the malice, yo? The comment was bitter. It lacked substance. It perpetuated...

Accused Witches Challenge Century-Old Sorcery Law

In Malawi, South Africa, sorcery is afoot. At least, that’s what the police are being told, and with over fifty accused witches serving sentences of up to 6 years for the practice of strange magicks, there’s something odd going on. Critics are calling it ageism. The problems for 82 year old Kanthukako Supaunyolo began when her grandson woke up one morning with a nosebleed. Fearing...

Malawi’s ‘witches’ challenge century-old sorcery law

  By Felix Mponda LILONGWE — When Kanthukako Supaunyolo's grandson woke up in the night with a nosebleed, his parents were enraged by what they saw as a bad omen and a certain product of sorcery. They accused the 82-year-old grandmother of casting a spell on him, and filed a criminal complaint of witchcraft, landing her in jail under a century-old law now under fire by...

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