The video shows at least four women being stripped, beaten and burned as they are interrogated by villagers.The video was shared by high school students on their mobile phones before appearing on social media, a Lutheran missionary in the area, Anton Lutz, told ABC news. Burn her with the wire." Another woman says: 'I've got nothing to do with it". The Papua New Guinea government has developed an action plan to combat violence against women accused of using black magic. Two sources on the island told the Guardian that the women were accused of sorcery after a young man fell ill in the village of Enga in August.I bow my head to accept a lei of sweet-smelling frangipani blossoms.I soon learn the key to pulling off this remote welcome: drums.Civil society groups are providing life-saving assistance, and the government has taken initial steps to combat this violence. “I went to the police 17 times,” said Jenella, age 39, who has survived more than 2 decades of spousal abuse. They just told my husband not to do it again.” Jenella married at age 14 and has 7 children, ranging in age from 2 to 23 years old.Recently, she said, she had been desperately seeking help. Her husband was abusive from the beginning of the marriage in 1990, but the violence escalated after he took a second wife in 1997.How on earth did these villagers know we were coming?Here we are, my husband, Macduff Everton, and I, in a place in Papua New Guinea where there is no phone, no e-mail, no mail, not even electricity or outside visitors.
Even the most detailed pilot maps of the island contain white places, which bear the following text: „Relief data incomplete“ or „We believed not exceed 5300 ft“. Is it possible to find people who have never seen a white man? These were the questions we were asking before our expedition, discussing, confirming and disconfirming.
Jenella’s husband shattered her left arm that year, leaving it covered in scars from reconstructive surgery with metal pins.
She also has scars on her head where her husband’s second wife hacked her with a knife.
We didn´t have much money and other localities, although more promising, were too expensive. People of Upper Sepik usually wear nothing, men are naked, women use short skirts. People are oppressed by the government, churches, timber producing companies… All we can do now is to hope that our next expedition is not the last one.
These skirts are swinged during dances while men use their penises as drum sticks. Cross your fingers – for us and especially for the Papuans to wish them living in their natural way of life as long as possible..