A growing trend of sorcery accusations in Papua New Guinea

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A woman from Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands during a cultural festival. OHCHR.

A 20-year-old woman accused of sorcery in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, was reportedly tortured and killed earlier this month, says the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva. Cécille Pouilly says Kepari Leniata was burnt alive in front of a crowd by relatives of a six-year-old boy whom she was accused of using sorcery to kill, despite attempts by law enforcement officials to intervene. Cécille Pouilly tells UN Radio’s Mamadou Alpha Diallo in Geneva that cases of women being brutalized and killed due to accusations of sorcery are a growing trend in Papua New Guinea to deprive them of land and property.

Mobile clinics take health care to the Somali displaced

A mobile clinic in Somalia

Scores of people living in a camp in the Somali capital of Mogadishu are to receive free medical care through mobile clinics. Three thousand Somalis arrived in Karibu camp last year fleeing a severe drought as well as violence fostered by the activities of the al-Shabaab terrorist group. The African Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM) and Hope for Life International (HILI) are behind the initiative that has made the health care possible.

Mothers making ends meet in Mali

Ramata uses leaves to make medicines for her son’s health problems.

Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced in Mali following a military coup in March last year and the occupation of the northern part of the country by armed rebels. Malians became refugees in neighbouring countries creating a humanitarian crisis. In this report prepared by UNHCR's Edith Champagne, she says Malians who fled Timbuktu, in particular the women and children, are suffering the brunt of the conflict and are trying to make ends meet in Mopti.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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