BBC crew narrowly escape death in Malawi after being mistaken for ‘blood suckers’

BBC journalists investigating a series of mysterious murders in Malawi have narrowly escaped death after  villagers  accuse them of being ‘ blood suckers’ [vampire child killers].

BBC journalists investigating a series of mysterious murders in Malawi

The team were working undercover to expose men who claim to suck the blood of children to make get-rich amulets when they were attacked by a crowd of furious villagers.

Locals believe the body parts of the dead children had been ritually removed to be used by local ‘witch doctors’ as magical charms.

They also accuse the witch doctor killers of drinking the children’s’ blood on the orders of wealthy clients to pass on ‘good luck’ to them.

Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas had approached a local witch doctor pretending to be a businessman.

During a late night meeting, the witch doctor offered to kill and drink a child’s blood to create good luck for Anas’s fake character.

However their meeting was interrupted by angry villagers, who mistook Anas and his film crew for the witch doctor and his accomplice.

BBC Video footage shows them being confronted by the angry mob who threaten to kill them, pelt them with stones and destroy their vehicle.

Last year, Malawi saw a spate of ‘vampire’-related attacks, after rumours began spreading from Mozambique and in to the southern districts of Mulanje and Phalombe.

From September to December 2017, at least nine people accused of being blood-suckers were killed by vigilante mobs, and hundreds of villagers were arrested in connection with alleged mob murders.

The violence even prompted the United Nations and the U.S. embassy to declare some parts of the country no-go zones, and the UN pulled staff from the country.

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che nnungu
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Where is the video footage

Girl lady
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Girl lady

koma ku ghana kulibe ufiti kudzachita izi kuno aarg

Jackson
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Jackson

Sounds more of a fiction. No facts. Only one name mentioned. Akuphunzira utolankhani kapena? Atleast akananena komwe kwachitika izi and nthawi. Bull shit

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Koma MLAKHO inuu, pitani kusukulu. Ambuye anu kukhalira kuba mboma, inu kukhalira kupha. Koma umbuli uwu.

tizanka
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tizanka

What if the witchdoctor had killed a kid to give this Anus character the blood? This is a very dangerous kind of journalism. I hope next time he tries this he is properly killed.

Lute
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Lute

Good question Tizanka.

Watematema Mutu
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Very shameful encounter by strange foreign tresspassers!!!!! You mean someone from Ghana could get all the courage to pose as a malawian businessman?

TrumPutin
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TrumPutin

Typical of sh**thole citizens from some sh**thole country. Solution is to raise literacy levels.

Century
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Century

I hope authorities take this matter seriously! This is the 21st century! This shouldn’t be happening in this day and Age!! Arrest these witch doctors!! They have probably murdered so many people! Abale malawi koma

Ton of Bricks
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Ton of Bricks

Primitive country

SIBODZA
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SIBODZA

This Ghanaian journalist is a disgrace on our journalists. How do crown him an investigative journalist of international status when creative boys and gals could have unraveled the mystery around the murders amidst us? You give BBC a writeup on nyasatimes thinking it is our honour! Oooo homegrown journalism that of Ana’s that shook Ghanaian judiciary it has not recovered from the quake

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