- Aug 19, 2003
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Curfew declared.Vampire hysteria in Malawi.
The United Nations has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in which at least five people have been killed.
Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs work. A spate of vigilante violence linked to vampire rumours also erupted in Malawi in 2002.
“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 on the Phalombe and Mulanje districts that was seen by Reuters.
The acting UN resident coordinator, Florence Rolle, said in an emailed response to questions that based on the report “some UN staff have relocated while others are still in the districts depending on locations of their operations”. ...
At least five people have been killed in southern Malawi after they were accused of behaving like vampires.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has vowed to launch an investigation into the killings.
A night-time curfew has been imposed by the government to prevent vigilante mobs from killing more people.
The UN says it has pulled staff out of two districts as the vampire scare swept the south of the country.
The people killed were suspected of drinking human blood as part of magic rituals.
The government-imposed curfew restricts movement to ten hours from 07:00 until 17:00 local time (05:00 to 15:00 GMT) .
Meanwhile, the president's office said in a statement: "This development has been of grave concern to the president and the entire government." ...