Papua New Guinea: ‘The pain was so severe, my baby died’: Woman, 38, tells of how she was bound with barbed wire and tortured with hot irons by Papua New Guinea’s ‘witch hunters’

With just two months to go before the birth of her seventh child, Kathy, 38, from Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea, was looking forward to welcoming her new baby into the world.

But tragically, the moment would never arrive. Instead, after a harrowing two day ordeal which saw her repeatedly beaten and raped with an iron bar, Kathy’s baby was dead.

Why? Because her family and neighbours believed – wrongly – that she was a witch.

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