Purported to be the burning rubbish pile on Warakum Junction Road, in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, on to which 20-year-old Kepari Leniata was thrown in 2013. Photo: AFP

In Papua New Guinea, witch hunts, torture and murder are reactions to the modern world

  • Belief in sanguma, or black magic, has spread as infrastructure has improved and greater numbers of people are on the move
  • Accusations are being used to justify violence against women in a patriarchal society where advance is deemed threatening
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Purported to be the burning rubbish pile on Warakum Junction Road, in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, on to which 20-year-old Kepari Leniata was thrown in 2013. Photo: AFP
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