2019 / Editorial / Conflict

'Victim of Sorcery - Dorcas'

  • Photographer
    Brian Cassey

“Victim of Sorcery - Dorcas” - Dorcas Numbi Nunugi recovers from a ‘Sanguma’ (Sorcery) attack in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Dorcas, accused of sorcery following a family death, was attacked with an axe and her arm almost severed. She received other axe wounds to her thigh and head. She was then tortured with iron bars that had been heated red hot in a fire, leaving massive scars on her torso, breasts and legs. Somehow she escaped alive … many victims don’t … their bodies dumped in the river or a convenient hole. Sorcery convictions against the attackers are extremely rare.