Witches on Trial

Channel 4: Unreported World

Seyi Rhodes and director Julie Noon report from the Central African Republic, a country obsessed with black magic where every year hundreds of people continue to be attacked, tried and imprisoned for a crime that is neither defined nor clearly understood.

They meet villagers convinced that one of their number has deliberately turned into a rat, a snake or a dog in order to commit murder. Since 1960 in CAR it has been illegal to "use charlatanism and sorcery to harm others" and so it is that more than half the country's prison population is made up of so-called "witches".

‘Scandalous and very sad’
- The Observer

‘Anyone who believes that the problems of West Africa can be solved by an act of political will should watch this shocking programme'
- Times
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