Quantcast

Mozambique mob lynches two women for ‘witchcraft’

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 10:44 EDT
google plus icon
Mozambique [courtesy of Flickr/kaysha, Creative Commons licensed
 
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

Lynch mobs in southern Mozambique have killed two people they accused of being witches, state media said Wednesday.

“Those who were detained in connection with the death of these people accuse their victims of witchcraft. Some of the detainees are teachers of some schools in the area,” state broadcaster Radio Mocambique reported, citing local police in Gaza province.

Police have arrested six people for the killings, which happened at the weekend, the radio station said.

Lynchings are common in Mozambique, where mobs often take the fight against crime — including perceived witchcraft — into their own hands.

Twenty elderly people accused of witchcraft have been killed in Mozambique in the past nine months, according to the Forum of the Third Age, a group that advocates for the elderly.

 

[Image via Flickr/Kaysha, Creative Commons licensed]

Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
AFP journalists cover wars, conflicts, politics, science, health, the environment, technology, fashion, entertainment, the offbeat, sports and a whole lot more in text, photographs, video, graphics and online.
 
 
 
 
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
 
Google+