Recently, the aunt of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh died and he reportedly blamed witchcraft. Now, Amnesty International reports the President’s personal guard and both police and army forces have abducted up to 1000 villagers to force them to drink a vile liquid from witch doctors brought in by the government. They were forced to drink potions that reportedly killed two and sickened many others.
The witch hunters were reportedly brought in from Guinea and many villagers are fleeing the country.
Villagers have been held for up to five days and forced to drink the liquids — producing vomiting, kidney and liver problems, diarrhea and erratic behavior. Many were forced to confess to being witches and were beaten.
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