Witch camp

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A witch camp is a settlement where women suspected of being witches can flee for safety, usually in order to avoid being lynched by neighbours.[1][2] Witch camps exist solely in Ghana, where there are six of them, housing a total of around 1000 women.[2] Some of the camps are thought to have been set up over 100 years ago.[2]

Many women in such camps are widows and it is thought that relatives accused them of witchcraft in order to take control of their husbands' possessions.[2] Many women also are mentally ill, a little understood problem in Ghana.[2] In one camp in Gambaga, the women are given protection by the local chieftain and in return, pay him and work in his fields.[3]

The Ghanaian government has announced that it intends to close the camps and educate the population regarding the fact that witches do not exist.[2]

See also[edit]

Gambaga Witch camp

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "In Ghana, Witch Villages Offer Safe Haven From Superstition - Los Angeles Times". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ghana witch camps: Widows' lives in exile". BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ghana: the Witches of Gambaga". London: Yaba Badoe. 25 November 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2012.