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Guinea: Healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies

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Police in Guinea say they have arrested a healer for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant.

N’na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant.

For her services, patients paid $33 (£24), in a country where the average monthly wage is around $48 (£35).

Police believe Ms Camara made thousands of dollars a month, though she says she was only trying to help.

On Tuesday, more than 200 women protested outside the police station in the Guinean capital of Conakry where Ms Camara was held.

Over 700 women aged 17 to 45 are believed to have been affected by Ms Camara’s pregnancy “cure”.

“It’s been a year now since we first went to see this woman,” one of the protesters  Alhassan Sillah in Conakry.

“During our first visit, she gave us some medicines of leaves and herbs that made us vomit. She assured us that this was good for us. As one continues to take these medicines, the stomach starts to rise a bit.

“After a while, we visited again, she examined us by just touching our bellies and she declared us pregnant.”

The women added that Ms Camara told them not to go to a doctor, and once she declared them pregnant, they were expected to give her a chicken and fabrics in thanks.

Some of the women reported looking pregnant for 12 to 16 months.

A police doctor has examined 47 of the affected women and said they risked long-term complications from the treatment.

Ms Camara, however, maintains she didn’t do anything wrong.

“I work very hard to help [the women] realise their dream but the rest is in the hands of God,” she told reporters in Conakry.

A court is expected to charge her soon with endangering people’s lives through fraudulent means.

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UN reports about 900 fatalities in DR Congo’s ethnic violence.

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The united nations report that at least 890 people were killed in over just 3 days in ethnic violence in western DRC in mid-december.

The UN Human Rights Office reports the violence took place in four villages between Banunu and Batende communities.



The UN however warns the death toll could be higher. But there seems to be conflicting death tolls for the violence.

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A local priest and a civil society activist earlier in the week said at least 400 people had died in bloodshed that even led to the government canceling voting in last month’s presidential polls.

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The UN insists that 890 is the number of people known to have been buried.

The recent attack from the ethnic clashes in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province allegedly started when members of the Banunu tribe wanted to bury one of their traditional chiefs on Batende land.

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Britain, UN worry over Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe.

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In the wake of deadly protests against a fuel price hike, and an ongoing internet shutdown in Zimbabwe, the United Nations has urged the government to stop “excessive use of force” by security forces including firing live ammunition.

The government has said three people died during demonstrations that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent.

Lawyers and activists say the toll was much higher and that security forces used violence and carried out mass arrests to quell the unrest.



The internet was cut off earlier this week, with critics saying the government sought to prevent images of its heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters from being broadcast around the world.

Leading mobile operator Econet Wireless said the government had ordered it to shut down services.

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“We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice,” Econet said in a statement.

“Our lawyers advised that we are required to comply with the directive pending the court’s decision on its legality.”

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Friday’s fuller internet shutdown also affected emails.

Due to the shutdown, Harare banks were providing only partial services and no cash machines were working, a witness said, while long queues formed at petrol stations and shops.

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