Kenya: Using evil to catch evil: Villagers’ faith in ‘dark arts’ almost turns tragic

A village that is yet to recover from the shock of a massacre almost plunged itself into more tragedy. In a desperate attempt to exorcise the memories of the evil visited upon them months ago, residents of a village in Kitui County flirted with danger and came close to getting burned.

About seven months ago, a gang of bloodthirsty killers struck Nyanyaa village in the dead of the night. In the wake of the attack, 12 villagers were butchered in an incident that continues to haunt the residents of this sleepy hamlet. With no arrests made so far and fears of the case going cold growing by the day, the villagers resorted to unorthodox means to apprehend the perpetrators of the unnerving massacre.

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