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Richard Petraitis

Richard Petraitis

From Simbas to Ninjas: Congo's Magic Warriors (2003)

Despite History's long record of defeats for those who embrace magic as martial strategy, young African men still line up as recruits in answer to the witch doctor's siren call for magic wars. Despite the promises of village witch doctors, the gods of war have not been kind to these young fighters. How can these events still be occurring in the Twenty-First Century? The reasons for the magic wars in central Africa may lie in a complex mixture of cultural, societal, and religious forces.

Joseph Kony's Spirit War (2003)

A glimpse into a fascinating yet horrifying world, a world little-known outside of Africa, a world of religion and violence where "Magic wars" have claimed the lives of thousands, many of them children conscripted into "The Lord's Resistance Army" to fight in "Joseph Kony's Spirit War."

The Witch Killers of Africa (2003)

If you thought that witch hunts had ended long ago, you would be wrong. "Currently, African societies are at the same critical historical juncture that propelled much of Europe out of a period of deadly superstitions, nearly three centuries ago, a time when Europeans executed those believed to be witches and warlocks. Between 1991 and 2001, a total of 22,000 to 23,000 Africans were lynched to death, by fearful neighbors, as witches."