Burned alive Five people suspected to be witchcrafts were bruterly murded in kisii
Nyamataro Village after the accused them of possession of charms.
Joseph Ondieki, at the grave of his mother, who was burned as a witch
By Odhiambo Joseph
BBC News, Kenya
Villagers, many straight from their farms, and armed with
machetes, sticks and axes, are shouting and crowding round in a big
group in Kenya's fertile Kisii district.
I can't see clearly what is going on, but heavy smoke is rising from the ground and a horrible stench fills the air. More people are streaming up the hill, some of them with firewood and maize stalks. Suddenly an old woman breaks from the crowd, screaming for mercy. Three or four people go after her, beat her and drag her back, pushing her onto - what I can now see - is a raging fire.
I was witnessing a horrific practice which appears to be on the increase in Kenya - the lynching of people accused of being witches. Read more...