Saturday, June 26, 2010



Alleged Witches in the six witches camps in the Northern Region have poured their venom on the Ghanaian Journalists for causing with impunity what they termed dehumanized, degrading and false media publication that sought to portray them as prostitutes.

The aggrieved witches between the ages of 45 and 80 years lamented that one of the Ghana’s finest newspapers in somewhere last two weeks carried a front page story indicating that the survival or livelihoods of the witches largely depended on prostitution, where they sleep with men for fifty Ghana pesewas and one Ghana cedis or sometimes in exchange for food.

The alleged witches expressed these concerns at the Nabuli Witches Camp in Gushegu when the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Alhassan Fuseini visited them and made some donations to the inmates.

The witches who felt embarrassed about the publication and had apparently vowed not to allow any Journalist to visit their camps asked the DCE to send back the team of journalists who had followed him to the camp before they would accept the donation.

It took Hon Fuseini almost an hour to calm their nerves and assured them of a damage repaired story to redeem their image or correct the bad impression created out there. The Majazia of the Nabuli Witches Camp, Nandjoo Sakpam, 62 years, complained that the publication had caused them a great misfortune as some religious organizations and their relatives who used to take care of their needs periodically had all withdrawn their gestures.

She indicated that even though their communities had rejected them and most Ghanaians now see them as outcasts, they still try to maintain their God given integrity and respect since majority of them used to hold enviable positions in their communities before they were proclaimed witches.

“Some of us have children who are doctors, teachers, nurses, bankers and even in the universities. We also have husbands who are in good standing in the society who still have faith in us and cherish us the way we are. People should not forget that we have found ourselves in these camps simply because of our bad and dehumanized cultural practices, because when you are to talk about witchcraft, I can tell you that it is found in every home in Ghana and even some of you Journalists are also witches and wizards,” Majazia Sakpam remarked.

However, the DCE for Gushegu, Hon Alhassan Fuseini and the District Gender Desk Officer, Madam Raby Osman apologized on behalf of the Ghanaian media and equally appealed to them to always be circumspect in their reportage.

Credit: Edmond Gyebi

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