Papua New Guinea: Death and Sanguma in Paradise

The young girl that died was 16 and was a niece of the lady she was staying with. She was sick for several days and complaining of severe neck and head pain. 

Because of her age and the way she died, it was immediately suspected that she was killed with sanguma (sorcery used for the purpose of killing). Most of the deaths in the Sepik region except for the very old seem to be attributed to sanguma. At the very least the possibility is seriously discussed. People are deathly afraid of sanguma.

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