Thursday, 21 April 2011

Necklacing, xenophobia in northern Zambia?

Three people burned to death in riots in northern Zambia this week. The immediate cause of the riots appears to have been rumours broadcast on a local radio station that business owners were abducting and killing children for muti to boost their wealth. The riots are being reported as vigilante violence but those targeted appear to be foreign business owners. A Congolese business owner was killed, along with two Zambians accused of carrying out the murders for him. Tires and plastic bags were put around the necks of the victims and set alight. An Indian businessman was also targeted. The attacks occurred in a very poor area with high unemployment and few income-earning opportunities.

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