Graeme Wood's dispatch on Africa's witch trials:

By some estimates, about 40 percent of the cases in the Central African court system are witchcraft prosecutions. (Drug offenses in the U.S., by contrast, account for just 12 percent of arrests.) In Mbaikiwhere Pygmies, who are known for bewitching each other, make up about a tenth of the populationwitchcraft prosecutions exceed 50 percent of the case load, meaning that most alleged criminals there are suspected of doing things that Westerners generally regard as impossible.

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