“ongoing stories of blood sucking and possible existence of vampires”

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UN moves staff after mobs kill five in Malawi vampire scare. Workers relocated from southern districts hit by vigilante violence. Lynchings followed ‘stories of blood sucking and possible … vampires’—Reuters in Lilongwe

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs work. A spate of vigilante violence linked to vampire rumours also erupted in Malawi in 2002.

“These districts have severely been affected by the ongoing stories of blood sucking and possible existence of vampires,” the UN Department on Safety and Security (UNDSS) said in a security report on the Phalombe and Mulanje districts that was seen by Reuters.