It’s heartbreaking to know that there’s a place in the Northern part of Ghana called Gambaga where old women are kept because they are said to be witches. As crazy as it sounds, this isn’t far fetched at all when you listen to very usual conversations of typical Ghanaians.
Ghanaians typically are wired to blame other people for their failures and mishaps. On a very usual note do I hear family, friends and strangers say things like, “The way this man is sick, it is the woman that sells rice in his house that is causing it.” I’d then pause and ask, “How so?” Then they’d usually reply, “She’s a witch”. I ask surprised, ” how do you know this?” The usual response is,” I don’t know. I just do!” I usually have to take a deep breath at that so that i dont lose it. As shocking as this may seem to you if you’re not used to the Ghanaian context, this is very very typical.
So alot of Ghanaians may claim the old women captured at these camps, infringing on their fundermental human rights is absurd but many contribute to this idea by making incomprehensible and superstitious assumptions based on nothing everyday.
These old women are separated from their families and loved ones against their will simply because they are WOMEN and OLD. They are separated from the society, treated horribly since they are seen as the cause of the misfortune of the people. In another post on my blog, I posted a terrible video of their actions towards them. I can’t help but imagine visiting my village just to find out my grandma being abducted and mistreated because she is old and thought to be a witch. A thought so frightening and heartbreaking. What can we do to stop this forever?! It’s lasted for far too long!
Now the question is why women? Women are usually the target for alot of discrimination and abuse in our society. So in the eyes of these people, men cannot be evil or have witchcraft.
The question now is, “what do we do about this?” Education and a rescue mission is very essential. Have there been help in these areas? Yes, there’s been for many years now. But the work isn’t effective, I believe due to lack of funding and people concerned enough to lend a helping hand because despite the support from foundations and individuals, there isn’t enough support of the government in this regard.
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