Around the world, there seems to be an increase in witch burnings, or at least the reporting of such crimes. Recently. a stampede was caused in the Congo due to a rumor of witchcraft in the area. The latest incident occurred in Papua New Guinea where villagers bound, gagged, and then tied a woman to a log — and then burned her alive.
The country is reportedly experiencing a rash of such burnings of both men and women accused of sorcery. Any unexplained death is treated as a likely case of sorcery.
Last year alone, 50 people were killed in this fashion. Last year, a bizarre case drew international attention. A woman gave birth to a baby while she swas being hung from a tree. Villagers suspected the woman and her husband of witchcraft and accused them of causing the death of a neighbor recently. They were pulled from their house and hanged from the tree. By some miracle, they were able to loosen the ropes so that they feet touched the ground. In the process, she gave birth to a baby girl and all three survived.
Recently, the prevalence of witch hunting was highlighted when a minister in the church Gov. Sarah Palin (who she had praised) termed out to be a witch hunter from Africa.
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