Sorcery accusation-related violence

Bold nun stands up for the voiceless

The incident is like ‘scenes of 500 years ago’.

Amidst the shouting and the chanting, a woman boldly stands up to the evil and the hideous crowd.

“Stop the madness. Release the woman,” shouts the nun, Sr Lorena Jenal, who hurries to the village square.

The torturers beat the Swiss born missionary, who has lived and served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea for decades.

“Get out, otherwise we’ll burn you as a witch too!” they scream back.

Churches join forces

Almost 50 leaders from 14 denominations in the Momase region have contributed to the development of a national church strategy to tackle sorcery accusation-related violence following a workshop in Lae by the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC).

CLRC Secretary Dr Eric Kwa has condemned sorcery accusation-related violence, saying it is usually directed against isolated and vulnerable people in the community, particularly women.