Colombian “witch” beaten and burned to death

Woman accused of witchcraft killed.

A woman from northwestern Colombia was beaten to death and set on fire after she was accused of being a witch, officials said.

The woman was found dead in her home in a rural area about 10 miles from Medellin, police said.

Residents said the woman was accused of casting a spell on a local boy, but police said a search of her home Friday found no indication she practiced witchcraft, Colombia Reports said.

The mayor said another woman was killed in the village six years ago after she was accused of being a witch.


Tip: Commenter “Molly”

Molly on this thread pointed us to the above story to remind us that these atrocities aren’t just in Africa. But some still are. This one is from Kenya:

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Elderly Man Killed in Kilifi Over Witchcraft.

A-79 year-old man was on Monday night killed on allegations of witchcraft. Thomas Barawa was hacked to death at his Kafitsoni home in Dida, Ganze district in what the police term as “a new wave of witch hunting”. Vitengeni councillor Teddy Mwambire said the man’s family was woken by screams and groaning at around 2 am.

His death comes barely a month after the murder of his wife who was also attacked and killed. The police said more than seven people have been murdered in connection with practising witchcraft this month.

It’s scary how often we come across these stories. I’m not sure what “a new wave of witch hunting” means but it’s a frightening scenario to imagine that witch hunting is on the rise. People are HACKED to death. The Dark Ages remain in many parts of the world.

  2 comments for “Colombian “witch” beaten and burned to death

  1. One Eyed Jack
    September 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    She turned me into a newt!

    Maybe not appropriate considering the sadness associated with these stories, but it had to be said.

  2. edge
    September 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Beaten and burned to death? Sounds like christianity’s old ways. I bet those murderers call themselves pure of heart.

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