In southern Malawi, at least five people accused in the killings and that they behave like vampires. Reported by the BBC.
President Peter Mutharika has promised to investigate the murder.
The government imposed a curfew. The UN took its staff from two districts.
The accused allegedly drank human blood during magical rituals.
In a statement the UN said that the rumors of vampirism appeared in Mozambique and then spread to Malawi. What causes them is not clear yet.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Standards of education there is very low and among people of common beliefs are, and often there are rumors of “vampires”. The outbreak of violence associated with these rumors, already recorded in 2002.
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