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Sorcery committee set up to address violence

 THERE is a committee in place to discuss how to implement ideas from a recent conference in Mendi on the “stand against sorcery-related violence”.
Father Philip Gibbs from the Rebiamul Catholic diocese in Mt Hagen said a committee was formed after the conference to implement the sorcery national action plan at the provincial level.
“Last month, they agreed on the importance of developing an action plan for communities to be used when people are accused of sorcery, with the primary purpose of ensuring that violence is not used,” he said.
“Such plan needs to consider the different stages involved  like suspicion, accusation, start of torture,  who can and should intervene at these different stages, how can people be brought together to say stop,  what outside support is available and how it can be accessed.”
He said the other proposal included the importance of conducting awareness about the implications of belief in sorcery and using violence in families and schools.
He said 12 people had formed the committee to implement the plan.
The conference was an initiative of the Catholic Diocese of MendiBishop Don Lippert.

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