The Straits Times
Published on Feb 13, 2013

Malawi battles witchcraft, with help from Norway


BLANTYRE, Malawi (AFP) - Malawi's leading anti-witchcraft civil group said on Tuesday it has received US$600,000 (S$743,406) from the government of Norway to help eradicate sorcery.

The funds would be used to conduct a three-year nationwide drive to educate people against the dangers of witchcraft.

A preliminary investigation documented multiple cases of witch hunts and instances where witchdoctors raped women and girls in an attempt to exorcise them.

"Women, children and the elderly are subjected to an alarming rate of witchcraft accusations and violence in Malawi," said George Thindwa, who heads the Association for Secular Humanism (ASH).