A two day implementation meeting to draft a National Action Plan for sorcery related violence began today in Port Moresby.
The meeting involved individuals from all stakeholders across the country in identifying workable solutions to help curb the increasing violence used against people accused of practicing sorcery.
The two-day meeting will end tomorrow, with a draft implementation strategy to be presented to the national government.
Participants involved in drafting the action plan centered their discussions around the roots of the belief in sorcery and called on the use of an integrated effort by the Law and Justice Sector, Health, Education, Community Development, Churches, Civil Society, NGO’s, Development Partners and Academic Institutions.
National Program Coordinator for CIMC, Ume Wainetti, says the approach taken to solve violence against sorcery will begin from village level. She says much has been debated in counteracting violence, and a more proactive intervention is needed urgently.
Reverend Jack Urame from the Melanesian Institute says, if the problem of violence in sorcery deaths is left unchecked, it will not just continue but inflict countless suffering on individual, families and communities.
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