Tag Archive for Africa

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

A crowd watches Helen Rumbali, a woman accused of witchcraft, being burned alive. Photo credit: Post Courier

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ironically and incredibly, this horror is brought to you by a site called “Modern Ghana”

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It’s modern minus many centuries of knowledge and reason. Beyond the horror of this story circulating around the web today, I feel a profound disconnect between the modern world and that of superstitious enclaves like this, between enlightenment and a terrible darkness that some cultures still cling to so much that they would butcher their…