Latest Sorcery Accusation Forces Another Man From Home
April 18, 2017
For the second time in a month, a man has been forced from his home in Kompong Speu province’s Kong Pisei district after being accused by fellow villagers of using black magic, prompting the district governor to promise to do more to address the issue.
An angry mob of about 150 villagers surrounded the home of Nil Sokha, 45, in Maha Russei commune on Saturday night. Some brandished machetes and wooden stakes, and others threw rocks at the windows and walls, commune and district officials said.
“Villagers accused him of being a sorcerer because fortune-tellers told the sick people in the village they were affected by black magic,” said commune chief Svay Choeung, who alerted district police after the mob began to gather.
This is the third time in the district over the past year that an alleged sorcerer has either been forced out of his home or was killed due to accusations of black magic.
Prak Kong was forced to flee at the end of last month after a mob of 600 villagers—many armed with machetes, sticks and rocks—surrounded his home about 3 km from Mr. Sokha’s house in a neighboring commune and demanded he leave the village.
And in May, a 79-year-old Kong Pisei man suspected of sorcery was fatally stabbed in the stomach...
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