Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Witch Hunts Today

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Two women attacked in a witch hunt, Madhuben and Susilaben, stand in an alley ​in Dahod District, Gujarat, India. Image by Seema Yasmin. India, 2017.

Two women attacked in a witch hunt, Madhuben and Susilaben, stand in an alley ​in Dahod District, Gujarat, India. Image by Seema Yasmin. India, 2017.

Modern Witch Hunts
Seema Yasmin

More than 2,500 Indians were chased, tortured and killed in witch hunts between 2000 and 2016, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau. As Seema Yasmin reports for Scientific American, the men who brand women as witches capitalize on deep-rooted superstitions, and on systemic misogyny and patriarchy. Women become convenient scapegoats—for poverty, crop failures, rising infant mortality rates, and diseases like malaria, typhoid, and cholera. Now, some women are fighting back.

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Two girls clean up outside the Jaime Laredo Outdoor Theater in La Paz. Image by Tracey Eaton. Bolivia, 2017.

Two girls clean up outside the Jaime Laredo Outdoor Theater in La Paz. Image by Tracey Eaton. Bolivia, 2017.

Where 10-Year-Olds Work Legally
Tracey Eaton

Bolivia has the world's lowest minimum age for child labor: at 10, children can work for themselves or their families; at 12, they can work for others. It's a system open to abuse, as Tracey Eaton reports for USA Today.

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Unidentified bodies located in a morgue, where many victims of the drug war are brought for their families to find. Image by Pat Nabong. Philippines, 2017.

Unidentified bodies located in a morgue, where many victims of the drug war are brought for their families to find. Image by Pat Nabong. Philippines, 2017.

Those Who Remain
Pat Nabong

The extrajudicial killings by Filipino security agents of suspected drug users and dealers have another set of victims: the surviving families of the dead. Pat Nabong, Pulitzer Center student fellow from Northwestern University Medill, reports for Narrative.ly.

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