Thursday, February 7, 2013
Papua New Guinea: A young mother was tossed screaming on to a pyre of tires and burned alive after being accused of killing a neighbor's six-year-old son with sorcery
Kepari Leniata, 20, confessed after she was dragged from her hut, stripped naked and tortured with white-hot iron rods. She was then dragged to a local garbage dump, doused in gasoline and, with hands and feet bound, thrown on a fire of burning tires. As the mother-of-two screamed in agony, more gas-soaked tires were thrown on top of her. The horrendous scene took place in in the village of Paiala, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea where many believe that witchcraft exists and sorcery is used to kill enemies.