DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Authorities in Gambia have rounded up about 1,000 people and forced them to drink hallucinogens in a witch-hunting campaign that is terrorizing the tiny West African nation, an international rights group said Wednesday.
Amnesty International called on the government of President Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup and has claimed he can cure AIDS, to halt the campaign and bring those responsible to justice.
Gambian officials could not immediately be reached for comment and the government has issued no statements in reaction to the report.
Authorities began inviting "witch doctors," who combat witches, to come from nearby Guinea soon after the death earlier this year of the president's aunt. Jammeh "reportedly believes that witchcraft was used in her death," the London-based rights group said.
Im sick of Amnesty Interantional running their pussy mouths telling President Jameh what to do. He's got an witch problem, and an AIDS problem, and he's trying his damn hardest to solve them and make Gambia a better place. What do they want him to do, let these witches run around killing his aunts and uncles like it's fucking Salem Massachusetts, and allow AIDS to wipe out the rest? No, they put Jameh Majic Johnson in office to cure AIDS and wipe out the hocus pocus crew, and I can't believe Amnesty International has the audacity to tell them to knock it off. If they had their way, Gambia would look like the Thriller music video.