“Widespread practice and belief in sorcery and witchcraft are not only linked to brutal violence and killings in Melanesia – they are stifling the development and modernisation of the region” writes Belinda Cranston. Read her article, or more about the about the Sorcery and witchcraft conference which began at the ANU today. Listen to Assoc. Prof. Richard Eves discuss the issue in an interview with Radio Australia. [Read Witch-hunts and wealth in PNG, a follow-up article by Cranston, and the final report by conference convenors.]
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