The Power of Desperation, Ignorance and Anger
Via the BBC: Haiti mobs lynch voodoo priests over cholera fears
Voodoo priests in Haiti are being lynched by mobs who blame them for spreading cholera, the country’s government has said.
At least 45 people have been lynched in recent weeks as Haiti continues to be ravaged by a cholera epidemic.
Haiti’s communications minister has made an appeal for the lynchings to end and called for a campaign to ensure people understand how cholera spreads.
More than 2,500 Haitians have died from the water-borne disease since October.
Another 121,000 people have been treated for symptoms of cholera, with at least 63,500 admitted to hospital, figures show.
"The victims… were stoned or hacked with machetes before being burned in the streets," communications ministry official Moise Fritz Evens said.
It is a sad testament to what happens in situations in which desperation and anger mix with an utter lack of understanding about how the world works. It makes one think back to witch hunts (and the subsequent burnings) of the past.