Tag Archive for Africa

Children with albinism seek help and safety from witchcraft brutality

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Magical thinking may sound harmless but in today’s modern times, people are hacking off the limbs of special children thinking they are magic charms. It’s unimaginable but it continues. Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has been creating artificial limbs for children, including albino victims from Tanzania, who have had their limbs cut off by…

Giant snake photo hoax (Expanded)

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Heads up for this hoax: This picture is going around social media such as Facebook. It is a blatantly bad photoshop of a green anaconda into another photo of people to skew the size. Also, the Amazon is NOT in Africa. Shake your head and walk away. Better yet, post HOAX! in the comments of…

5 year old girl dies in India after witchcraft ritual

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Up to 14 people were involved and 9 arrested in connection with the neglect death of a child in India. They supposedly used her blood for a witchcraft ritual. 9 held for girl’s death in witchcraft. The report, which is difficult to read, says that one of the accused lured the girl, Gayatri, with chocolates, on…

Action taken against Tanzanian witchdoctors to combat killing of albinos

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People with this genetic characteristic are treated barbarically and are constantly in danger of losing body parts and their lives for ridiculous superstition. Tanzania bans witchdoctors in attempt to end albino killing. Tanzania has banned witchdoctors in an attempt to combat a rise in the killing of people with albinism for their body parts, officials said…

Crocodile bile WAS NOT CONFIRMED as cause of dozens of deaths

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Dozens of people dead and many reported sick from poisoned beer in Mozambique, but is there REALLY a connection to crocodile bile? Even though that is making the headlines, this portion has NOT been confirmed. Mozambique links contaminated beer deaths to crocodile bile– The Guardian. Health authorities in Mozambique believe the contaminated beer that killed…

Alleged witches burned to death in Tanzania

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Witch killing continue in Tanzania. Will the arrests do anything if the belief remains? Seven accused of witchcraft burned alive in Tanzania. Attackers in Tanzania burned alive seven people they accused of witchcraft, police said Friday, who have arrested 23 people for murder in the latest killings of suspected “witches”. “They were attacked and burnt…

Goblin extraction may result in death

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We don’t know why, but almost every time we cover a story about goblins, it’s a story from Zimbabwe. I’d love to find out why this is such a thing there! Man dies in goblin exorcism ritual. A 72-year old man from Gokwe died under mysterious circumstances a few minutes after a traditional healer (tsikamutanda)…

Ebola outbreak out of control and misinformation helps it spread

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The Ebola outbreak is putting plenty of people on edge and creating problems. Now we have faith healers saying they are treating it. GREAT! THIS IS ALL WE NEED! Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims. African governments are doubling down on efforts to contain the widening Ebola outbreak in…

Chimpanzee attacks and carries away child in Uganda

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A family in Uganda claims that a chimpanzee attack claimed the life of their young child. Chimpanzee kidnaps, kills 2-year-old boy. “We were in the garden burning grass after clearing the fields. As the children and their mother settled down for a late lunch, a group of chimpanzees attacked, taking the child with them,” said…

Those pesky goblin infestations! Burn the house down!!

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I’m wondering if there is anything for which “goblins” isn’t a kickass excuse. Sangoma in court for torching goblins’ house. A self-styled sangoma from Chief Nyajena area in Masvingo yesterday appeared in court for allegedly setting his uncle’s house on fire because it had goblins. Mike Musiiwa of Mutadzo Village pleaded guilty to arson before Masvingo…

Modern persecution of witches

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It’s not news to us here at Doubtful News that people are still attacked with accusations of witchcraft, even children, but mostly women. It’s a significant problem in some African nations and in Papua New Guinea. The NY Times has an expose on the prevalence and probable INCREASE in violence against alleged witches that is…

Ebola: Ignorance and denial will kill you

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The latest and very serious outbreak of ebola virus is aided by superstition and traditional beliefs. Fear and ignorance as ebola ‘out of control’ in parts of west Africa | World | The Guardian. When ebola first struck Pujeh, a village deep in Sierra Leone’s forested interior region, residents did what they always do when…

Elephants in trouble; slaughter continues by inhuman poachers

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Poachers are having a devasting effect on the population of elephants in Congo. LRA massacres 68 elephants in DRC | News24. One of Africa’s oldest national parks is under attack “from all fronts,” said its director on Friday after 68 elephants were slaughtered over the past two months by poachers wielding chain saws and grenades…

Healers in Ghana get sound advice

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Mixed feelings about this story. A leader of an association of faith healers in Ghana is sending out some pretty good advice. Little steps? Faith healers asked to register to expose quacks. Apostle Emmanuel Adarkwa, Eastern Regional Coordinator of Ghana Association of Faith Healers, has urged herbalists and faith healers to register with the organisation…

Albino woman killed in Tanzania for body parts

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People with albinism face constant fear in some parts of the world where superstitions regarding albinos is still alive. Albinos face prejudice but also brutal attacks and even death. BBC News – Tanzanian witch doctors arrested over albino killing. Two witch doctors in Tanzania have been arrested after a woman with albinism was hacked to…

Uganda’s most wanted – man eating crocs

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In the country where Idi Amin, a horrific dictator, fed his victims to crocodiles in the Nile, the crocs are continuing to stoke their fearsome reputation terrorizing villagers and fishermen on Lake Victoria. Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?. A killer crocodile which is said to have eaten four people in Jinja and Mayuge…

Today’s special: Roasted man-flesh

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This is what happens when you don’t have health inspectors. Nigeria: Restaurant Served Roasted Human Heads. A restaurant in the Nigerian state of Anambra has been shut down after the authorities reportedly found it has been selling dishes made of human meat. The police recovered at least two fresh human heads when they arrested 11…

News of “vampiric” attack out of Kenya

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This story from Kenya relates the outrage of a village where a father cut his son and licked the blood. The news story suggests that it was not the first time the child endured this abuse. Hopefully, it will be the last. Standard Digital News – Naivasha ‘Vampire’ cuts his five year old son and…

There were once many hominin populations – NO NOT BIGFOOT

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A tipster passed this on to me this AM when it was first published. Warned me that the Bigfooters would see this as somehow related to the current talk about Bigfoot being a hybrid. And, guess what… they did. Even Melba herself. Mystery humans spiced up ancients’ rampant sex lives : Nature News & Comment.…

Body parts for ‘muti’ taken from hospital morgue

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We found this link on the What’s The Harm feed. What’s the harm in traditional meds? People steal dead body parts from morgues to use in rituals. ‘It’s R1 000 for a human brain’. An extensive black market in human body parts has been uncovered in Swaziland’s second-largest hospital. Demand is strong in the country…

Woman dies from herbal medicine treatment in Ghana

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Three women took this medicine. All three went to the hospital. One never came out. allAfrica.com: Ghana: Herbal Mixture Kills Woman. The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Police are hunting for a herbal medicine dealer, whose concoction has killed one person in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region. The 50-year-old woman died after taking…

Pay to pray growing in Kenya faith healing churches

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Kenya’s Healing Churches: Faith or Fiction?. As Christian churches grow in size and number in Kenya, they have created a growing industry of faith healers and televangelists. Concerns are also rising that these new churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate. Kenyans are looking to spot the wicked among the righteous. Exorcisms, twice…

I’ll give you both legs if you spare the children

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Just a reminder of the way things still are, barbaric, in certain parts of the world thanks to superstitious beliefs. Paraplegic offers his legs to muti makers. A wheelchair-bound man in Swaziland has offered his “useless” legs to suspected muti killers in exchange for the lives of three girls who disappeared this week under mysterious…

Unidentified objects fall on parts of Zimbabwe (UPDATE: Identified)

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The headline is misleading. It’s not flying anymore. allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Ufos Rattle Villagers. VILLAGERS in parts of Mhondoro and Chikomba districts are living in fear following the recent falling of foreign objects in their area. Police said they were still to ascertain the origin and type of the objects.National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity…