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PNG witch attacks have historical parallels

PNG witch attacks have historical parallels

Updated 19 April 2013, 16:56 AEST

The recent upsurge in attacks on women suspected of sorcery in Papua New Guinea has parellels in other witch hunts in history.

That's according to Australian academic Joan Wardrop, from Curtin University.

She's an expert on the withunting period in Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and she tells Bruce Hill that this sort of thing can happen in any society, at any time in history, if it's going through a lot of change and stress.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Associate Professor Joan Wardrop, from Curtin University in Australia


Bruce Hill

Bruce Hill


Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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