'Sorcery' attacks in Papua New Guinea's highlands – in pictures

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Sanguma is a Papua New Guinean word meaning black magic or sorcery. If something unwanted occurs in a village, people, most commonly women, are often accused of committing black magic, or of being a witch. They are then cast out of their homes and attacked or killed. Photographer Kristina Steiner travelled to the highlands of PNG to meet the victims of an increased number of violent attacks against people accused of sanguma. The PNG government acknowledged the increase in ‘sorcery’ attacks in 2013 after women’s groups demanded action to stop them

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