THE SUDAN: Euthanasia in the Otoros

Since science can now distinguish the incurably sick from the curable, mercy killing is justified—so goes the chatter in cocktail bars. The naked, woolly-haired Nuba tribesmen who live in the Otoro Hills, deep in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, did not wait for the cocktail-bar moralists; the Nuba have been euthanasians since way back. Once they are sure that a tribesman is possessed of a djinn (evil spirit), they bump him off. Everybody (in the Otoros), of course, is quite certain that djinns inhabit the bodies of the lame, the deaf and the dumb.

A djinn-infested Nuba is marched out of his village...

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