Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Amerindian savagery: An indigenous woman was burned alive in Paraguay after being accused of witchcraft, a local prosecutor has confirmed
Prosecutor Fany Aguilera said that members of the Mbya Guarani ethnic group tied 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos to a wooden pole and shot arrows at her before they burned her alive. Ocampos was sentenced to death by the community's chief in Tahehyi, a village some 180 miles north of the capital, Asuncion. The date of the killing was unclear. Aguilera has charged nine men in the village with first-degree murder, and they have already acknowledged killing the woman. A report by the UN Refugee Agency estimates that thousands of people worldwide are accused of being witches every year. The UN says that they are often abused, cast out of their families and communities and sometimes killed.