An astonishingly high number of elderly people were killed in Mozambique between 2011 and 2012 over allegations of witchcraft. Many of them sexually and physiologically abused, not to mention deprived of food and water necessities.
Recently during the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), chairperson for the Third Age Form, Antoni Sitoe explained, “…witchcraft and other superstitious allegations are the leading cause behind the rising cases of violence against elderly people across the country.” The number unfortunately are astonishingly shocking.
A recent study reported, 60 cases of violence against elderly people were reported in the first quarter of the year in over six provinces. These again, being the instances that were reported and not left unheard.
Another study conducted by NGO Help Age found an astounding 6 out of every 10 elderly women had been a victim of violence within their lifetime.
Many, including Janet Duffield, director of NGO Help Age, are helping to work towards adoption of a law that will protect many against violence.
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