Reality Zone: Don’t Condemn Old women As Witches

Joyonline
MTN Ghana Foundation

December 9, 2010

Author: Vicky Wireko

The disturbing trend of atrocities against women accused of being witches is simply unacceptable.

They are just inhuman. In this day and age, we as citizens continue to watch on as human right abuses are meted out to our fellow human beings. Unfortunately, they are happening across the length and breadth of the country under our very eyes.

Not too long ago, some elderly women were murdered at Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo and some more in the West Mamprusi District because they were all accused of witchcraft by members of their own community and in some cases, their own family members, including husbands.

Still in the north and in an unrelated case, five other women were taken hostage accused of witchcraft at Koblimahagu, a surburb of Tamale.

The stories about witch camps where those accused of witchcraft are banished from their communities and sent away to live undignified lives supervised by a man, are just shocking.

These women are completely shunned by their communities and stigmatised for life, that is, if they are able to live through it. In all, there are reports of a total of six such camps in the Northern Region of Ghana.

Sometimes, these women are thrown out there with their very young children who are forced to make the witches camp their home. These children are therefore, denied education as well as had to go through life with stigmatisation and gut-wrenching mental tortures.

Some of the women sent to the camps are so old that they are unable to do anything for themselves once they get thrown in there. Sometimes, if they are lucky, they get their own older daughters in to assist them.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.