US News UN pulls out of Malawi over ‘vampire scare’

16:55  10 october  2017
16:55  10 october  2017 Source:   The Week

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The United Nations ( UN ) has withdrawn its workers for their safety from Mulanje and Phalombe districts in the southern region due to fears of vampires which has inspired mob violence has left at least six But the widespread belief in witchcraft in Malawi perpetuates paranoia over vampirism.

The United Nations has been forced to pull staff out of Malawi , southeastern Africa, after rumors of vampirism triggered public lynchings in the southern parts of the country. At least six people have been killed by violent mobs in the Phalombe and Mulanje districts since mid-September

UN pulls out of Malawi over ‘vampire scare’ © Riccardo Savi/Getty Images UN pulls out of Malawi over ‘vampire scare’

The United Nations (UN) has been forced to remove staff from two districts in southern Malawi, following a vampire scare that has left at least five people dead.

According to a UN report, lynch mobs have been responsible for the killing of people accused of vampirism since mid-September, prompting the organisation and several other NGOs to relocate staff.

“These districts have severely been affected by the ongoing stories of blood sucking and possible existence of vampires,” the UN Department on Safety and Security (UNDSS) said in a security report.

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Malawian President Peter Mutharika (pictured above) said the reports were “distressing and agonising”, adding: “This development has been of grave concern to the President and the entire Government”.

Aerial view of fields and the shoreline of Lake Malawi in Malawi © Getty Aerial view of fields and the shoreline of Lake Malawi in Malawi

“Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs work,” The Guardian says.

The latest outbreak of vampire-related violence is preceded by a similar wave of panic 15 years ago, and is believed to have originated in the neighbouring country of Mozambique.

“In 2002, rumours began to spread that vampires were working with Malawi's government to collect blood for international aid agencies. Vigilantes took it upon themselves to address the issue, stoning to death one man suspected of vampirism,” Newsweek says.

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He said reports of UN pulling out staff due to vampire rumours were "distressing and agonising".Reuters. Staff from the United Nations have been removed for their safety from part of Malawi due to mob violence sparked by rumours of a vampire scare .

LILONGWE (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has The Acting UN Resident Coordinator, Florence Rolle, said in an emailed response to questions that based on the report that “some UN staff have relocated

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