Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the edge
Tales of (mis)adventure from abroad

Witchcraft

Witchcraft

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I had been to refugee camps before, but never like this one. This was a witch camp comprising 70 women, outcasts from their own communities. These were the lucky ones, not having been beaten to death for supposedly causing some random misfortune in their village or family. They had made it here from hundreds of kilometers away in some cases, to seek the protection of the Gambagarana as only he, the great witch doctor, had the power to render their sorcery harmless. So they remained close, supporting each other in building new lives within a sanctuary bounded by local beliefs.

-Yannick



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