Elderly women in Tanzania fear spate of murderous witch hunts

March 30, 2015 12:18 AM

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TABORA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A blood-stained machete outside a mud-walled shack in a remote Tanzanian village is a reminder of how Pili Kidawa narrowly escaped death after coming under attack from a mob of angry villagers accusing her of being a witch.

Kidawa, 78, of Igigwa village in Tanzania's northwestern Tabora region, is one of a rising number of women targeted by vigilantes accusing witches of fuelling the murder of albinos whose body parts are prized in black magic.

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