10 Nov 2017

Reconciliation 3 years after sorcery murders in Vanuatu

2:30 pm on 10 November 2017

In Vanuatu, the population of about 500 on the island of Akhamb in Malekula has reconciled with the families of two elderly men who were hanged by the community three years over allegations of sorcery.

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The men had been blamed for the deaths of 35 people.

The hangings had been approved by the island's chiefs and a prayer group but Vanuatu's chief justice, Vincent Lunabek, had ordered the islanders to undertake a custom reconciliation.

The Daily Post Newspaper reported an island spokesman David Lesley saying the people offered a custom reconciliation ceremony which was accepted by the families of the two murdered men.

Meanwhile five ringleaders in the killings are serving 15 year jail terms for the crime.

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