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Women Around the World Persecuted For Being "Witches"

Women Around the World Persecuted For Being "Witches"

It's hard to believe that in this day and age, countless women around the world are being accused of something that sounds pretty medieval. According to the UN, women accused of being witches are persecuted and sometimes murdered around the world. Even children thought to be witches are being targeted, too. The UN estimates that this violence is impacting the lives of millions of people.

So where is this unbelievable violence taking place? It's happening in places from South Africa, to India, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea. In Nigeria, homeless children are driven out of towns because they are suspected of witchcraft. While different cultures hold diverse beliefs about witchcraft, UN experts believe that those suspected of having "supernatural" powers are typically targeted when a society faces rapid cultural or social change. In these cases, the vulnerable get the blame for the community's misfortunes.

Violence associated with witchcraft caught the attention of the UN because it's causing an international refugee problem. In addition to being victims of violence, the accused are often forcibly displaced or trafficked. Let's hope now that the widespread witch-hunting has gained international attention, something will be done to help these people.

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juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Pistil - Well, Wicca and Witchcraft kind of go hand in hand. The thing is that Wicca is a religion, but people who are ignorant about it think of it just as "witchcraft" where people cast awful spells or worship the devil or something. That's what I was trying to say.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
My boyfriend mentioned a story about this and I was surprised that it was such a recent item. I had no idea. Juicebox, did you read the article? It's not Wicca. They're just reaching for scapegoats.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
I really don't think they're talking about Wicca.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
News like this makes me sick. When are people going to stop living in the past and move on?! These people need to understand that Wicca is not some kind of devil worshipping. Maybe if they spent more time reading up on it and less time targeting these people, they would know that.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
You'd think this would have ended hundreds of years ago.
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