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Witch doctors and security forces in Gambia have detained up to 1,000 people on suspicion of being witches, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The Gambian police dismissed the reports as lies. Victims have been held in secret detention camps for up to five days and forced to drink hallucinogenic substances, which have killed at least two people, Amnesty International said in a statement. Quoting an unidentified Gambian described as a witness, the group said that armed paramilitary police officers had surrounded a village and threatened its residents with death if they tried to escape. Then, the person said, hundreds of men and women were forced onto buses at gunpoint and taken to the home area of the president, Yahya Jammeh, where they were stripped and had to drink and bathe in a potion made from toxic herbs.

Unknown (Gambia), New York Times  29 Comments [3/19/2009 1:00:47 PM]
Fundie Index: 46
WTF?! || meh

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I'll bet some American fundies are pea-green with envy of that kind of power. "If only we could round up the gays and the abortionists..."

3/19/2009 1:11:36 PM


Wait ... wouldn't the Witch Doctors themselves be witches too? Kinda by definition?

3/19/2009 1:12:44 PM


Madness. Pure madness.

3/19/2009 1:24:59 PM


And then they kill them for hallucinating after, right?

3/19/2009 1:25:37 PM



I suspect the witch doctors are really "witch smellers," people who can supposedly sense witches. They have a long history in Africa, and a short but bloody one in medieval Europe.

3/19/2009 1:30:12 PM


There was one hell of a video posted on Evolved Rational blog the other day. It was footage of several people being burned for witchcraft. I don't understand how crap like this can happen in the 21st century.

3/19/2009 1:31:26 PM



How ridiculous and random.

I wonder what the real motives are.

3/19/2009 1:38:51 PM

Dio Fa

Is Ratzinger due for a visit?

3/19/2009 1:44:57 PM

Old Viking

Can't someone dissuade them from this insanity? How about sending a contingent of fundies to reason with them? Oh, wait. They believe in this crap, too.

3/19/2009 1:51:00 PM


Ya see, this is why no one wants to help Africa.

3/19/2009 2:11:33 PM

Mr. Creazil

@ Tracer: Witch doctor is a witch in the same way a vampire hunter is a vampire. Con men with different imaginary friends to fight.

3/19/2009 2:40:12 PM


One unidentified witness?
Not a high reliability rating. I do credit the account, given that Amnesty employees are putting their organisation's reputation on the line by reporting it, but they damn well better have additional evidence not reported here.
The other compelling factor is that Societies in collapse do seek scapegoats. Finding someone to blame is a very human pastime.

3/19/2009 2:53:29 PM


What a great way to get rid of neighbors you don't want. Accuse them of being witches, then make them drink and bathe in poisonous plant steeped liquid.

3/19/2009 4:28:16 PM


I guess the africans figure that Aids isn't killing them off fast enough so they have to help with the upcoming extinction.

3/19/2009 5:06:38 PM


Let me guess, if they survive the toxic herbs they'll be burned alive as witches?

How the fuck do we get those people out of there.

3/19/2009 5:11:24 PM


"Is Ratzinger due for a visit?"

I think he's just been and once again fired his mouth off about the evils of condoms. Perhaps the catholic church should relocate there... their fire and brimstone approach to christianity would work quite well in that region of the world if this post is anything to go by.

3/19/2009 5:24:51 PM


I guess there's a reason why these people are starving to death and killing each other.

3/19/2009 6:46:25 PM


What. The. Fuck.

3/19/2009 7:32:48 PM

Pule Thamex

They're making their fundie dreams come true in Gambia.

3/19/2009 7:52:44 PM

Tolpuddle Martyr


3/19/2009 9:00:00 PM


The thought of American fundies doing this makes me cringe.

3/19/2009 9:26:07 PM


The thought of American fundies doing this makes me cringe.

3/19/2009 9:29:12 PM


Fucking insane. WTF is with instituted new literal witch hunts?!?!

3/19/2009 10:43:15 PM


Here is a video of some of this:

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SERIOUS WARNING: death, disturbing.

3/19/2009 10:48:19 PM


Here is a video of some of this:

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SERIOUS WARNING: death, disturbing.

3/19/2009 11:25:02 PM
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