Police in Serekunda, Gambia say 28-year-old Baba Jallow, suspected by locals of stealing another man's penis through sorcery, was beaten to death by a lynch mob Thursday. 'Reports of penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa,' explains Reuters
, 'with purported victims claiming that alleged sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear in order to extort cash in the promise of a cure.' The region's last major outbreak of pubic panic
took place in 1997, when over a half-dozen suspected sorcerers were beaten or burned to death by mobs.Full story
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