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After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot with several arrows before being burned alive. Paraguayan authorities investigating the killing have arrested nine men in the village, all of whom have confessed to the killing and with little indication of remorse. Police have also rescued a fourteen-year-old girl who was accused of witchcraft as well.
Ocampos had been accused of being a witch after the relatives of one of the village elders became ill. She was then banished from the villiage for a month but was sentenced to death when the relative failed to improve. The inhabitants of the village located 180 miles for the Paraguayan capital of Assuncion.are members of the indigenous Mbya Guarani community. Belief in witchcraft and evil magic remains strong throughout the region.