11 Apr 2017

Belief in sorcery remains entrenched in PNG culture

From , 3:03 pm on 11 April 2017

A Papua New Guinea NGO says poverty is a prominent factor in ongoing sorcery-related attacks and killings.

Women Arise PNG, a movement working to counter violence against females, says there's been a growth of such incidents particularly in the Highlands.

Under-resourced policing and a lack of witnesses remain obstacles to sorcery-related attacks reaching PNG's courts.

Furthermore, the NGO's Esther Igo told Johnny Blades lack of evidence to prove sorcery activity is complicating efforts to legislate around the problem.

Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.

Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades