Churches urged to help reduce sorcery-related deaths

Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Father Victor Roche, is calling on churches throughout the country to get involved in minimising sorcery-related killings.

He made the comment following the recent attempted killing of a 6-year-old girl in a sorcery accusation related violence (SARV) incident.

“It is saddening to see that a six-year-old girl was brutally attacked as a ‘sanguma girl’. Thank God she is alive and recuperating.”

He said there are reports from many parts of Papua New Guinea of sorcery or sanguma related accusations, tortures and killings. The accused are often women who are vulnerable and defenseless.

“No one is there to defend these defenseless women. It is saddening to hear and experience such brutal killings.

“Sorcery is part of PNG culture; it is real and is part of life even in this internet age. People blame innocent people for accidental deaths or family jealousy.

“I call upon the churches to do more awareness about this evil which is alarmingly spreading in our country.”

He is also urging leaders to come up with laws to punish people who accuse innocent and defenseless people of sorcery, resulting in torturing and killing.

(File pic of the little girl’s tortured body)

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