Global Quickies: Witchcraft, Gurus, and #BringBackOurGirls

Nigeria’s chief of defense announced a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram and the release of the 200 abducted girls. Not many details have been announced and many Nigerians remain extremely skeptical.

Tanzanian police have charged 23 people with murder after seven villagers were burned alive on suspicion of witchcraft. A Tanzanian human rights group estimates that 500 suspected witches are killed in Tanzania annually.

A guru was found guilty of eight counts of rape. The sect leader set up a spiritual convent where he convinced, pressured, and coerced hundreds of women into sex, telling them that it would heal them spiritually. (warning: Daily Mail link).

Kenya’s government has dismissed allegations made by the country’s Catholic Church that a tetanus vaccine can cause sterility in women.

“Psychic” Sally Morgan fired her husband and son in law after a video was released of them threatening and saying homophobic insults to a skeptic handing out leaflets outside her shows.


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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