It is, like all the best travel narratives, a resonant interior journey, and offers wisdom for our times." , journalist Kira Salak makes a stunningdebut as a novelist.
A horrific video has emerged showing four young women accused of witchcraft being tortured in a village in Papua New Guinea.
It largely supplanted the previous staple, taro, and gave rise to a significant increase in population in the highlands.
The Papua New Guinea government brought in the new laws after being criticised in June by the UN, which said that authorities were doing nothing to prevent the attacks.
Salak stayed in villages where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of the missionaries, meeting mysterious witch doctors and befriending the leader of the OPM guerrilla movement who fought against the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea.
The New York Times Book Review selected Four Corners as a Notable Travel Book of the Year, writing, "Kira Salak is tough, a real-life Lara Croft." Book Magazine called her "the gutsiest--and some say craziest--woman adventurer of our day." Edward Marriott proclaimed Four Corners to be "a travel book that transcends the genre.
In May, a Papua New Guinea woman was hacked to death after being accused of performing black magic, and in 2013 a 20-year-old woman was burned alive on similar charges.
Scenes from Blackwater Refugee Camp-- I visited the former headquarters of the OPM guerrilla resistance movement, a group which was fighting the genocidal seizure of western New Guinea (West Papua) by the Indonesian military.