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50 accused 'sorcerers' die after being forced to ingest a mysterious liquid

By T.K. Randall
March 18, 2024 · Comment icon 17 comments

A selection of witchcraft items. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Malcolm Lidbury
Officials in Angola have highlighted the recent case of 50 people who died while being forced to prove they weren't sorcerers.
The disturbing deaths, which occurred during the months of January and February of this year, happened in the central town of Camacupa in Angola where belief in witchcraft is particularly prevalent.

Because there are no laws governing how alleged witches or "sorcerers" are to be dealt with, local officials - and in particular traditional healers (or "marabouts") - are left to handle the issue in any way they see fit.

In this particular instance, moe than 50 people suspected of being sorcerers were administered a poisonous herbal drink to prove their innocence.

Perversely, those who died were then deemed to be guilty of witchcraft.
"More than 50 victims were forced to drink this mysterious liquid which, according to traditional healers, proves whether or not a person practices witchcraft," said local councillor Luzia Filemone.

"[We should try] to help rescue people who try to make a living from practices that are harmful to society, including witchcraft and drugs."

It is not clear if those responsible for administering the toxic drink have been held accountable.

"[Many people] resort to the practice of witchcraft because they believe that with witchcraft, they can get what they want and thus free themselves from poverty and get everything they need to survive," Bishop Firmino David told ACI Africa in an interview last year.

Source: CBS News | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Alchopwn 3 months ago
Don't drink the cool-aid.
Comment icon #9 Posted by jmccr8 3 months ago
It doesn't say how many died of those 50 people
Comment icon #10 Posted by Saru 3 months ago
As far as I can tell they all did.
Comment icon #11 Posted by jmccr8 3 months ago
Hi Saru Thanks that was my first impression but it said only the ones that drank it died and that more than 50 drank it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by esoteric_toad 3 months ago
Religion at work?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Saru 3 months ago
"50" here is a rounded figure, it's likely the true number was slightly more than 50.
Comment icon #14 Posted by C L Palmer 3 months ago
The bitter water was simply water with a dash of dust from the tabernacle floor. This concoction was inherently toxic. Quite different except for the drinking component.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Razman 3 months ago
Rush : Witch Hunt lyrics The night is black without a moon The air is thick and still The vigilantes gather on The lonely torchlit hill   Features distorted in the flickering light Faces are twisted and grotesque Silent and stern in the sweltering night The mob moves like demons possessed Quiet in conscience, calm in their right Confident their ways are best   Oh-oh-oh Oh   The righteous rise with burning eyes Of hatred and ill will Madmen fed on fear and lies To beat and burn and kill   They say there are strangers who threaten us Our immigrants and infidels They say there is strangeness ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by bigjonalien 3 months ago
Yeah right, wat a made up story!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Unusual Tournament 3 months ago
Not much choice if a machete is hanging over your head

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