Seven Witchcraft Suspects Burned to Death in Tanzania

Yahoo! News, October 10, 2014

Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania, police said Friday, adding they have arrested 23 people in connection with the crimes.

“They were attacked and burnt to death by a mob of villagers who accused them of engaging in witchcraft,” the police chief for the western Kigoma region which borders Burundi, Jafari Mohamed, told AFP.

“Five of those killed were aged over 60, while the other two were aged over 40,” he added.

Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings was the local traditional healer, or witch doctor.

Relatives of those killed described horrific scenes, with the bodies of family members hacked with machetes or burned almost beyond recognition.

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Belief in witches and black magic remains strong in many parts of Tanzania.

A local rights group, the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), has estimated as many as 500 “witches” are lynched every year, based on reports that counted some 3,000 people killed between 2005 and 2011.

Many of those killed were elderly women, the centre said.

The rights group said some are targeted because they have red eyes–seen as a feared sign of witchcraft, even if they in fact that is the result from the use of dung as cooking fuel in impoverished communities.

The centre said that many local people believe that witchcraft is behind every misfortune–from infertility and poverty to failure in business.

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  • Epiminondas

    Puritans in Tanzania? Who knew?

    • me

      They put the ‘zany’ in Tanzania. Puritan Tanzanians–they remove the food before taking a dump in the pot.

  • Evette Coutier

    That will soon be whites in America.

    • propagandaoftruth

      “Racist” is the new “witch”.

      • me

        ‘White’ is the new ‘witch’. Time to get some blackface or a serious tan–damn the skin cancer!

        • Evette Coutier

          We could get rich teaching Ebonics to upper middle class suburbanites.

    • Tarczan

      No, we have guns.

      • me

        And sandwiches!

      • Evette Coutier

        So do they, and if they out number us…

        • me

          They can’t afford to reload their sandwiches. They’ll run out of mayo, shooting their sandwiches sideways, before they hit anyone.

          • Evette Coutier

            Lmao.

          • Diana Moon Glampers

            There are just not enough up votes. Sideways sandwiches will not prevail.

  • John R

    Yeah, we hear over and over again about how “insensitive” we White people are and Western society is, and things about “racial profiling”; in the meantime Africans are burning their old women alive. Yep, just keep the narrative going.

  • MekongDelta69

    Can we do that to some of the “perpetually oppressed” in Ferguson?

    Jes axin’

  • D.B. Cooper

    You KNOW you want to be the one who lights it!

    • JohnEngelman

      Not me. I want to vote for her in 2016.

      • anony

        You surely are part of the problem.

        • JohnEngelman

          Part of what problem?

          • me

            Exactly! Ha ha ha!

          • anony

            As someone who worked in the national security arena for many years, I think that she is culpable in the death of a US ambassador.

            In addition, she worked for Obama for four years and I think that Obama has gravely exacerbated the racial problems we now enjoy. She was a senior member of his administration.

            Additionally, given her life-long admiration for Saul Alinsky whose politics I abhor, I can never be convinced to vote for her for local dog catcher.

            But hey, this is a free country, right!?

          • JohnEngelman

            As far as Benghazi is concerned, mistakes of that nature happen. The only people who are angry about that are people who would never vote for Hillary anyway.

            I voted for Obama in 2008. I voted for him in 2012. I would vote for him again against any Republican.

          • me

            Your lord and savior loves you, too, Engelman.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            I’m curious.. why did you vote for Obama? What issues were important to you?

          • JohnEngelman

            The growing income gap. The fact that the rich are getting richer as the average standard of living declines.

          • Valmont

            That gap has widened during the reign of Mussolini4Morons.

          • JohnEngelman

            It will widen much more if the Republicans get their chance to cut taxes for the rich. That is what they want to do.

          • Valmont

            Well, if redistribution gets you going, you can’t do much better than the Teleprompter Jesus who gives speeches about it at $32,000-a-plate fundraisers held at the $26 million home of real estate billionaire Rich Richman, and at the estates of all those Hollywood tycoons too.

          • serious123

            I share your concern about the widening income gap and recognize it’s growth rate is now self sustained. It will, if not corrected soon turn us again into the nobility and the serfs. Bush was a disaster on personal tax cuts. But I question the wisdom of corporate taxes in the new world economy. We are competing with countries that have lower labor rates and corporate tax rates. Even in this country many argue that corporate taxes are simply passed on in the price to consumers and that if lower, competition would force prices lower. How to implement such a policy without everyone incorporating themselves some how is beyond me.

          • JohnEngelman

            If corporate taxes are cut, personal income taxes for the rich will need to be raised substantially.

            Those who want to pay lower taxes will need to move to third world countries with high crime rates, corrupt law officials, dirt roads, and unsafe drinking water.

          • serious123

            Other taxes ( personal income tax accounts for only 28% of taxes) may only have to increased if reduced corporate taxes are not passed on through competition in reduced prices or better paying jobs by eliminating the foreign trade advantage.

          • JohnEngelman

            One way or another the government needs to be funded. There is little support for specific cuts in government spending. The enduring legacy of Ronald Reagan is the delusion in the minds of most Republicans that they can have the government they want without paying for it.

          • serious123

            Will affirm those two sentiments. As I have heard said, the two parties like to spend more of our money than they need, just differently on the same thing, votes. Republicans buy votes by buying bombs and other military toys while the Democrats give it directly to voters.

          • I sure want them to cut capital gains taxes and inheritance taxes for me. You are of course free to pay all you like.

          • Evette Coutier

            Why would you post on this site if you are an Obama sycophant?

          • JohnEngelman

            One of the reasons I post here is that I love to argue politics. Those who resent my present cannot refute my arguments.

            I am hardly “an Obama sycophant.” I wish the President had Roosevelt’s ability to out think and out maneuver the Republican Party.

          • I think Obama already does have the ability to out think and out maneuver the Republican Party, esp. the Republican establishment. A snail does, too.

          • archer

            Roosevelt was a commie punk who lied us into a war we didn’t want or need. Hitler was evil incarnate and uncle Joe who slaughtered millions was a nice guy. Who was the real beneficiary of WW2, not the white west.

          • Mark

            Yes Engelman, mistakes do happen. You are a prime example.

          • Simonetta

            I believe that you are mistaken. Sec of State Clinton was told by the CIA that they had many operations going on in chaotic post-Ghadiffi Libya, but the Benghazi consulate facility was in no danger. The Sec_of_State trusted the CIA, the spooks had bad intelligence, and everything that could go wrong went wrong. It’s the kind of thing that could have happened to any ambassador in a country undergoing a revolution, regardless of the administration.

            The people who are responsible for killing the ambassador are the people who killed the ambassador. We should have launched a half-dozen 5000 lb bombs on the local mosques during Friday prayers immediately after the event happened to remind the locals that there are people who they can kill, and people that they can’t.

          • anony

            Yes, people make mistakes, but as I understand it, the ambassador and others involved with the security of the Benghazi consulate had repeatedly asked for additional resources to further secure that consulate and were repeatedly denied those resources by State. Hillary was Sec. of State; she was in charge, therefore she was responsible.

            But please, let’s not re-hash that terrible tragedy here. Engelman will vote for her as is his right. 🙂

          • serious123

            There have been three different Congressional investigations that have revealed no wrong doing A fourth is currently under way and it too has found nothing to date.

          • anony

            Yeah, me too. I believe everything Congress tells me.

          • And everyone above misses the point.

            The scandal when it came to Benghazi wasn’t what happened in Benghazi, it was the Obama White House’s attempts after it happened to cover up the real reason why it happened, an AQ terrorist attack timed to the anniversary of 9/11. Remember, this was during the heat of election season, and Obama was running around saying “I killed OBL I ended AQ vote for me.” So he had to find something other than terrorism to blame this on, because the truth would have undercut one of his campaign taglines and “accomplishments” of his first term. That’s where this crummy You Tube video which had all of 20 views before Benghazi came in.

            Now how did they come to find out about this video so they had it available as a convenient excuse? I know that in the weeks leading up to Benghazi, the maker of the crummy You Tube video did nothing but spam journalists in North Africa with ads and links to his video. My guess is that there was a gossip train between them and the White House journalists, and one of the WH journalists talked to someone in the right capacity after Benghazi about this video.

          • anony

            I agree that the “cover-up” was, and is, a scandal in itself. I also believe that the lack of response by our government, and the lack of security upgrade at the consulate, were also scandalous.

            These failures to respond to requests for help, both in the upgraded security and the military help at the time of attack, were both failures of the Executive branch, and resulted in the death of an ambassador and three others.

          • archer

            “Post chaotic Libya”, gee I wonder why it was so chaotic, maybe because we brought in thousands of mercenaries from as far away as Europe and called them “rebels”. Was there ever an explanation for exactly why we did this, can you say “gold dinar”. If it weren’t for air support given to the so called rebels targeting any Libyan troop movements Qaddafi would still be power, the mercs we sent in wouldn’t have been able to stage a repeat in Syria and would not have morphed into Isis after stealing Libyan arms and being supplied by us and others. The Benghazi affair was about supplying more arms to Muslim extremists.

      • So do I, but for a completely different reason.

        • propagandaoftruth

          OK. Start working on the Geezer Tankette just in case. Take a powered wheelchair or hoveround, maybe even a Segway, armor it up and install a machine gun, maybe grenade launcher.

          The key, though, is the dead man switch to the explosives. Hey, if you’re that old and want to get to Valhalla, just saying.

          We could station Geezer tankettes in cul-de-sacs and tactically advantageous enclosed areas, like buildings. After a few Geezers blow sky high, the enemy is left with an interesting dilemma should he encounter a fully armed Geezer tankette in an enclosed space…

          Just don’t startle the geezer in question once the dead man switch is engaged…

          • Kenner

            ‘Ensure’ is already an MRE.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Depends…

        • Epiminondas

          I said that years ago. Now I’m too old to do much more than fire a few rounds from my house and wait for my home to be set ablaze.

        • B.A_2014

          I’m on my way, machete in hand.

        • JohnEngelman

          No one will win Civil War II. It will be a disaster. There will only be losers.

          • me

            Trust Engelman. He’s an expert on losers.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Sure, but some will be bigger losers than others. Kind of like a win.

          • IstvanIN

            I’d rather everyone lose than just my side.

          • me

            All we need is the will to power, and sandwiches!

          • Evette Coutier

            9mm sandwiches.

          • I hear it is not a good idea to put .380″ ACP rounds in 9mmX19 sandwiches.

      • Evette Coutier

        You want to vote for Hillary? Is this some kind of twisted erotic fantasy on your part? You’ve got to be joking.

        • JohnEngelman

          I think Hillary has the intelligence to out think and out maneuver the GOP. I think her husband was a great president. When we elect one Clinton we get one free.

          • Or just as bad, when we elected the first Bush, we may well have gotten two more free.

          • MBlanc46

            You don’t think that the Clintons are completely in cahoots with the Goldman Sachses of the world?

          • JohnEngelman

            No. I think the Clinton’s care but me, and that the GOP does not.

            So do lots of other people. That is why Hillary is ahead in the polls.

          • MBlanc46

            Well, I’m sure she cares about your vote. There was a time when it was plausible to think that the Dems were the party of the working man and the Repubs were the party of Wall Street and small-town businessmen. That’s certainly what my grandfather thought. My father disabused himself of that notion (but perhaps that was because he was radical). After the Dems gave the finger to the labor movement (except for the SEIU and the NEA, perhaps) in the 1990s, I don’t see how that case can be plausibly be made.

    • LHathaway

      I only comment to separate the photo of Hillary from our own Mr. Engelman’s comment. To painful to see so close together.

    • John R

      Damn! I am jealous that I didn’t think of saying that! Love it!

    • HE2

      Me Me Me! Choose me!

      Maybe we should draw straws.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Don’t give them the satisfaction making them martyrs. The worst punishment you could exact toward a Hill-Billy or a Racial MadCow would be to make them live in the mutli-culti hell-hole they helped construct.

      Imagine them pleading to the Black & Brown hordes. “But, I am LGBT Nation–we are allies. But, I am Feminist Nation–we are allies”. Wrong answer.

      Good luck, useful idiots.

  • Guest

    Unsurprisingly, this is one form of “lynching” American blacks are completely unconcerned about.

  • LaughsAtHumans

    Witch doctors killing witches. Hmm. What does it take to be considered a witch in Tanzania? Oh, I see. Having red eyes.

    Watch out, pot-heads. Our new immigrant friends from Africa might a-come a-witch-huntin’ (even after the weed is made illegal in Canada.)

    And uh, why aren’t WITCH-doctors looking in the mirror here? A witch is a witch is a witch, it all depends on what they DO with their witchery – and, well, I’ve heard these witch-doctors tell men they can cure aids by raping young girls. So, uh, yeah, I see who ought to be burned at the stake here, and I don’t think it’s some old woman using crap for cooking fuel, red eyeballs or not.

    • me

      Ruby slippers aside, all of those ‘New Age Wicca’ people, who also moonlight as anti-White morons, are in for a big surprise.

      • Who Me?

        Not all “New Age Wiccans” are anti-White morons. You’d be surprised to find quite of lot of them are some REAL hard core realists, since they aren’t all blinded by the warm, fuzzy Christian, “Jesus says we must love everybody” stuff.

        • LaughsAtHumans

          Indeed, but they don’t get much publicity. Kudos to you for recognizing such.

    • thegodsofeden

      …why aren’t WITCH-doctors looking in the mirror here? — Well, look at the title “Witch-Doctor”. He’s got a doctorate in the witching thing and all, and they don’t, or, er, didn’t. Also, a nice degree hanging on the hut wall courtesy of the T.M.A. (Tanzania Medical Association). Probably all there is to it.

  • D.B. Cooper

    YO! Tanzanian witch hunters! I have two more for you!!

    • me

      Whoot!

    • thegodsofeden

      My God. For a moment there I thought the one on the right was an overweight Jennifer Tilly. Phew!

    • IstvanIN

      The Founders would be vomiting right now.

  • For thousands of years the African has remained at the primitive level, stuck in place at an evolutionary roadblock. Yet our enlightened leaders wish to import them to the West in massive numbers, even if they’re infected with Ebola.

    Whites ought to be grouping together to fight this menace, yet we are stuck at our own roadblocks: the NFL, TV, movies, materialism, etc.

    Until we remove these roadblocks, such as by boycotting the NFL permanently, we are going to find a nice family next door with a doctor as the man of the house–a witch doctor.

    • B.A_2014

      I refuse to believe that the western elites are so devoid of common sense that they actually believe humanoids are exempt from the laws of evolution and natural selection and multiracial and multicultural society’s are a good thing.

      • LaughsAtHumans

        Sadly, I think that’s so. I’ve come to see that many “liberals” are really closet “special creationists”. That is, people who think that evolution happened, just not to humans. The only difference between the atheist liberal special creationists and fundamentalist Christian special creationists is when that evolution stopped. They do both seem to agree on there being some sort of “Big Leap”, that evolutionists shouldn’t even consider.

        To make myself clear, the Big Leap I’m talking about refers to the supposed huge chasm in between being a “wild animal” and a “stone age person”. As one who claims to understand (and accept) evolutionary theory as a good operant framework for understanding biology, I claim that the “Big Leap” is illusory, a construct of the human ego, that goes right back to stone age man himself.

        It’s not that great a leap from bashing a shell open with a rock, to cutting things with a sharpened rock shard, that was a piece that broke off while you were smashing shells. A furred species might not NEED fire to keep warm, or care about cooked food (and not all human meat dishes are cooked as it is). Can a species be “intelligent” with that intelligence divorced from technology? We’re a technological species, so of course we impose our idea of “intelligence” on others. But would we be able to recognize a non-ape version of an Australopithicine as “intelligent”?

        The kid-type newthink folks also like to confuse “species” and “race”, and seem to think it’s interchangeable. The media doesn’t help; sci-fi/fantasy books and games conflate the two all the time. Modern H. sapiens may be one species, but they certainly have many races. The Canis species all ought to be lumped into one species with many races as well, since coyotes, dogs, and foxes can all interbreed freely, and make interfertile babies. The mule represents the result of incomplete speciation, for which we have no real category – two related creatures who can make a viable baby who cannot itself breed – not quite two species, but more than two races.

        It’s that conflation where the newthink kids run afoul. They seem to think that once humans split off from chimpanzees and became H. sapiens, no other change happened – but refuse to say why Europeans, Africans and Asians look so different from one another (and have different mindsets, but I’ll leave the psychology to someone else.) Yet, races who can interbreed of another species are called two different species just because they look a little different (and paleontologists are aware that they probably do this a lot, but you can’t prove whether long-extinct species could interbreed or not) .. and insist that humans “have no races”. Man, that’s totally psychopathic. Of course we have races, but those races weren’t separated long enough to produce new species, or even half-species (like horses and donkeys). Newthink ideology (my new word for Political Correctness) states that humans cannot have races – that’s just as dogmatic as anything in fundamentalist religious anything.

        I hope this made sense.

    • Rhialto

      I disagree. The Africans have been evolving, but evolving for better genetic survival in the African environment with African technology.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I don’t watch TV anymore. The number of advertisements alone should ward off most sports fans. And that “bundling” is evil. Hulu has turned out to be a downer, too. High speed internet is plenty sufficient.

  • anony

    And to think that our “leaders” want to bring more of Africa to our shores.

    The insanity, the insanity!

  • TheCogitator

    The wonders of the negro mind. They are low IQ savages who will never be a real part of the developed world.

  • Steven Williams

    I wish this incident happened to all non-whites living in the US.

    • benvad

      It would eventually spill over to us.

  • B.A_2014

    The culprits are Danish tourists obviously.

  • DD-762

    What a shame. And right around Halloween, too.

  • Bossman

    Well at least it is not the government of that country but ignorant mobs doing that. In Saudi Arabia the government has beheaded several witches recently and some gays also.

    • Saudi Arabia is at least theoretically a modern country, and operates modern fighter jets and main battle tanks (which of course they do not manufacture themselves). You’d think they would know that there is no such thing as a “witch”, and that someone who persists in causing problems by acting oddly is simply a community mental health issue. You would, however be wrong. In exchange for their backing the royal house of Saud, the monarchy gave the Wahhabist clergy there effective control over the nation’s civil laws. The Wahhabists, as it turns out are the same happy, fun people who produced ISIS.

      • Bossman

        In a superficial kind of way, they are a modern country operating with minds that belong to the eight century. Islam is just another kind of superstition.

  • me

    We can only hope! I’ll bring the marshmallows…

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    I believe that the natives there, if they find an albino girl, literally tear her to pieces, and each native who winds up with a piece of her is blessed with good fortune.

    By the way, they tear her to pieces while she’s alive. They grab her hand, for example, and hack it off with a machete. The next one grabs the stump and hacks off another piece.

    It’s all for good luck.

    Bill Moore

    • benvad

      We should just get rid of them from the planet.

  • pcmustgo

    Witchcraft can be very real. There is a supernatural world out there.

    • LaughsAtHumans

      If it is, then please direct me to the witch who can give me winning lottery ticket numbers – I’d be more than happy to give that witch a happy cut of the winnings.

  • benvad

    That’s black americans word for witchcraft they think it’s spelt whitecraft.

  • benvad

    Only reason to scream is if the assailant is white.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Well, at least that’s seven Third Worlders that the Bolshevik-in-Chief can’t bring here…!

    • Just wait. Mentally ill Fourth world savages will soon be brought here as “refugees” because they fear persecution as “witches” so the taxpayers can provide them with “free” housing, food, education and medical care.

  • I don’t give a rip whether they’re satisfied or not. That’s item number 9814375827457 on the “Not My Problem” list.

    • JohnEngelman

      What matters is that it is an issue the Democrats can use to dominate the United States like we did from 1932 to 1968.

      • v. varnado

        What will they think of next??????

    • v. varnado

      Agree, totally!.

  • This is Africa we’re discussing. The whole place south of the Sahara Desert is haunted 365 days a year: literally the worst things people can do to each other, distilled down and concentrated in one continent. If it was radioactive or toxic chemical pollution, the world would consider Africa as some sort of “Superfund” site, but it’s the people there instead.

  • mikekingjr

    Keep up the good work!

  • LaughsAtHumans

    Thanks for mentioning the horrors of bushmeat. But yeah, when it comes to African humans, I always expect the worst. Africa is best left off to the wildlife. Maybe it can develop Khajit cat-people in the end, we’d be better off with them – because at least ape-based humans would be honest about talking about cat-based people, whereas they are certainly not when it comes to talking about ape-based people.