23 Jan 2018

PNG sorcery-related attacks an inter-generational horror

From , 4:05 pm on 23 January 2018

A six-year-old Papua New Guinea girl who was tortured for allegedly using sorcery is to be given protection for the rest of her life.

The girl was being brutally tortured by several men in Enga Province when a small team who work to counter sorcery-related attacks in PNG rescued her.

She was flown to Port Moresby to receive medical treatment for wounds and burns sustained all over her body from heated bush knives.

The girl's mother had been burned alive in a public market in Mt Hagen in 2013 after being accused of using sorcery.

Among the team that rescued the girl in November was the Lutheran missionary, Anton Lutz.

He told Johnny Blades that while it's known who the girl's torturers are, they have not been arrested.

A hut in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

A hut in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades