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200 Killed in Congo 'Witchhunt'
Associated Press;
Wasswa, Henry


Since June 15, nearly 200 people who were suspected of being witches and causing diseases have been murdered by mobs in northeastern Congo, according to a senior Ugandan army official. Brig. Henry Tumukunde reported Thursday that Ugandan armed forced have been sent to the district near the border to help stop the slaughter began three weeks ago, about 50 miles south of Sudan in a place called Aru. During the war that began three years ago, normal trade routes that would carry aid to immunization and other health programs were cut off by the rebel take-over of the region, causing large numbers of people to die of measles and other diseases, plague, and starvation; some villagers are blaming the diseases on witchcraft. The people being accused of witchcraft and bringing disease to others are ones who were displaced because of the war, and forced to relocate to other villages.

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