Africa

Gabon: Ritual Killings Persist

On December 15, Gabon is having municipal elections. Once more, ritual killings of children and others are being used by politicians who hope to increase their luck before elections. There is someone found dead and mutilated somewhere in Gabon every 1 to 2 days. The killing of young Catherine, 4 years old, in late October 2013 reminded us of the brutality of ritual crimes against children.The phenomenon has increased dramatically since President Ali Bongo’s fraudulent elections in 2009. Read more here

 

Zimbabwe: Girl (6) killed for ritual purposes

PLUMTREE – In a spine-chilling incident, two men belonging to a Matobo family in Matabeleland South have been arrested with their female neighbour for allegedly poisoning their six-year-old niece for ritual purposes. Read more here 

Zimbabwe: Trio Kills 81-Year-Old Over ‘Witchcraft’

An 81-year-old Murehwa man was fatally assaulted by two fellow villagers on Saturday on allegations of practising witchcraft. Acting Mashonaland East Provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Norbert Muzondo confirmed the incident yesterday.He said police had arrested Never Chikurunhe (52) and Shorishi Miranza (22) in connection with the alleged murder. Read more here

South Africa: Lifeline for convict over muti death

Pretoria – A Soshanguve man sentenced to life imprisonment two years ago for his part in the gruesome murder of 10-year-old Masego Kgomo got a lifeline when the Pretoria High Court granted him leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence. Read more here 

Nigeria: Nigerian Women Protest Ritual Killings, Fetishes and Forced Marriages to Traditional Gods

Groups of women in southern Nigeria have been protesting in front of government offices in Enugu State against the killing of women through “fetish activities” and forced marriages to traditional gods.Read more here 

Uganda: Congolese National Arrested for Alleged Child Sacrifice

Police in Masaka is holding a Congolese National for allegedly attempting to sell off a 15 year old girl to a witchdoctor for sacrifice. Read more here

India: Child sacrifice suspected after missing boy’s body found

A 10-year-old boy, who was allegedly abducted, was found killed, with his body chopped into parts in Ratanpur, a religious town of Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district. Read more here

Nigeria: Father of two held for ritual killing

Despite his consistent denial, Morufu Olanrewaju is an alleged ritualist. He is currently at the centre of the killing of a yet-to-be identified woman in Opeoluwa Agoro, a community in Ado-Odo Ota local government council. The community recently woke to see a mutilated corpse in an open place and raised alarm. Read more here 

Zimbabwe: Witch-hunter’s antics cause confusion, disbelief at Chichera

THE community at Chichera farm near Old Marlborough suburb has been left in a state of confusion, awe and disbelief following the invasion of the area by a self-proclaimed witch-hunter, who claims to be unearthing tools used for sorcery. Read more here

Ghana: Education on Dementia needed

Interesting article linking dementia to the belief in witchcraft in Ghana. Read more here