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Monday, 30 January 2012

Witch children beliefs in Malawi

We are in the process of conducting a country-wide research on witchcraft beliefs in Malawi and the preliminary findings are cause for concern with more than 65% of the respondents believing that children can be witches with over 50% of them believing that such children must be arrested and severely punished by means of imprisonment, beatings, with some suggesting execution. An interesting detail is that none of the respondents who had a Bachelors degree or higher believed in witchcraft. Although respondents included people from Chewa, Angoni, Lomwe and Tumbuka background there were few differences in witchcraft beliefs.

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