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Sun Mar 29, 2020, 10:16 AM

How Panamanian villagers were left at the mercy of a murderous sect

How Panamanian villagers were left at the mercy of a murderous sect

Mat Youkee in Alto Terrón
Sat 28 Mar 2020 07.46 EDT

When a woman and six children were ritualistically killed in the indigenous community of Alto Terrón the official response was complicated by the absence of police and health services

At the Iglesia de Dios church deep in the rainforest of Panama’s Caribbean coast, a number of unsettling objects attest to the horrific events which took place here.

A black and red accordion stands among the overturned pews, children’s belongings are strewn across the floor, and a Bible – open at the Book of Revelation – rests on the wooden pulpit.

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When police arrived at the indigenous village of Alto Terrón on 14 January, they found 15 villagers tied up next to the carcass of a sacrificed goat. They had been beaten with machetes and Bibles, and some had their tongues burned with hot embers in attempt to “rid them of the devil”.


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