Until recently I was blissfully ignorant of the burning of suspected witches in Africa. This is an unbelievable problem, and one that is not getting sufficient attention. Apparently Kenya, specifically the area around Kisii, is plagued with witch burnings.
In May 2008, eleven people were burned to death,
The mob dragged them out of their houses and burned them individually and then set their homes alight, our correspondent says. Enoch Obiero, a Pentecostal minister, says the mob came to his door and dismembered his wife, a retired schoolteacher.
In February 2009, five people were burnt to death, (video below, caution the video is disturbing)
“They include four women and a man in their 80’s who were accused of having abducted a child,” Kisii deputy police Commander Manasseh Musyoka said yesterday.
This practice has been ongoing for some time in this area,
In 1993, eight elderly people from Kisii were also accused of witchcraft and burned to death in their huts by a mob.
These killings are not limited to the Kisii area, witch burnings have also occurred in the Malindi district of Kenya. From the Daily Nation,
“I can confirm that seven elderly people have been lynched on suspicion of practicing witchcraft in my Gongoni Location in a relatively short time,” said district officer Patrick ole Ntutu.According to statistics from the local police station, at least 14 elderly people had been killed between last year and January in Magarini constituency alone. . . . In just two months, five elderly people have been hacked to death by gangs of youths purporting to be cleansing the villages of witchcraft.
A government official in Kenya commented on the burning of 15 women accused of being witches,
“This is unacceptable. People must not take the law into their own hands simply because they suspected someone,” said Mwangi Ngunyi, the head of Nyamaiya district. “We will hunt the suspects down,” he added.
Though he condemned vigilante acts, Mr. Ngunyi stated that the government will hunt the suspects down. Suspects? These people are suspected of being witches. How in the world is the government going to “hunt” these people? This also reveals that government officials believe in witchcraft. What can possibly be done to stop these horrific murders if government officials believe in witches?
This is abhorrent and must be stopped.
A final word of caution: this video is graphic and disturbing.
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