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Study Reveals How Witchcraft Harms Economies

Belief in magic is connected to a lack of economic growth in Africa and elsewhere, new research shows. A 2010 Gallup poll found that belief in magic is widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with over half of respondents saying they personally believe in witchcraft. African witch doctors are consulted not only for healing diseases but also for placing blessings on businesses and curses on rivals.

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