Two months ago, a horrifying video showing some Sorcery Accusation Related Violence in Papua New Guinea was released. The one-minute-long video, uploaded by Philip Gibbs and The Commission of Social Concerns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, portrayed a situation where several men had stripped naked and tied four women […]
On the 23rd of October, just on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, another horrific video of several women being tortured in Papua New Guinea has been released. These women are being tortured because of sorcery and witchcraft accusations. So, here we are: the World is celebrating 70 years of standing […]
Justice in Vanuatu: 5 men sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the brutal killing of two men accused of practicing witchcraft.
A total of 12 people were judged last week by the Supreme Court of Vanuatu for the killing of two innocent men suspected of practicing witchcraft. They were charged with unlawful assembly and intentional homicide for the facts occurred in Akham Island last November. Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek applied a final sentence of 15 years […]
Lilly Be’Soer is an outstanding Papua New Guinean woman. She is the leader of the organisation Voice for Change, a very well recognised CBO in Minj, Jiwaka province, in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Supported by Oxfam, UN Women and many other donors, Lilly and her people have been assisting women in the area for […]
A woman who was accused of sorcery was saved by the Mt Hagen police and a group of advocates against sorcery related violence. (By the Post Courier) Josephine Titus from Kandep in the Enga Province was severely tortured for three hours by locals in the Wagbel area of the Komkui tribe before she was rescued on […]
By the Committee Against Sorcery Accusation Related Violence Port Moresby, 5 February 2015 – The Committee Against Sorcery Accusation Related Violence acknowledges the two-year anniversary of the murder of Ms. Kepari Leniata, who was accused of sorcery and publicly tortured and killed in Mount Hagen on 6 February 2013. The case became emblematic of the […]
Community celebrates ceremony to publicly reject sorcery and witchcraft accusations. Last weekend, church and community leaders organised a meeting with locals from the Hewa language area, in a remote part of Enga province, with the intention to stop the killing of those accused of sorcery and witchcraft. A group of nine people from a settlement […]
What would you do if … you were being brutally tortured, your skin cut by bush knives and your body burnt with hot iron?
Real testimony of a woman tortured because of sanguma accusations Have we ever thought about what we would do under extreme torture? Most likely, not. At least, I can admit I haven’t, probably because one never imagines that life will take him or her down that path. But, what if…? After reflecting quite deeply, I […]
A 9 year old boy from Simbu happy in his new home after surviving terrible torture because of sanguma accusations. At the beginning of July, Peter was admitted to the Kundiawa hospital. He presented profound cuts in his head and body and his chances of surviving were slim. The injuries had been caused by his uncle, […]
Bishop thanks PPC of Wabag for saving women accused of sorcery Last Saturday, December 1st, some courageous policemen in Enga province saved three elderly women from being tortured and probably burnt because of sanguma accusations. The three women from Teremanda village, had been accused of killing a man by taking his heart through sorcery. They were tied and beaten, […]