Gambaga Witch camp

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Still from a video by Yaba Badoe documenting the lives of inmates of Gambaga witches camp

Gambaga Witch camp is a segregated community within Gambaga township in the Northern Region of Ghana established in the 18th century to accommodate alleged witches and wizards who are banished from their communities.[1][2][3]

The camp has about 25 round huts, and holds about 100 women. No health services or indoor plumbing are available.[4]

Many women in Ghana's witch camps are widows and it is thought that relatives accused them of witchcraft in order to take control of their husbands' possessions.[5] Other old women in the camp have been accused of using black magic to cause misfortunes in their community.[6] Many women also are mentally ill, a little understood problem in Ghana.[5] In Gambaga, the women are given protection by the local chieftain and in return, pay him and work in his fields.[7]

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  1. ^ de Trey-White, Simon (June 23, 2007). "The Witches of Gambaga: Belief in Witchcraft Is Still Widespread in Africa, and Being Accused of Its Practice Can Be a Death Sentence. and with Traditional Gender Roles Being Challenged, Such Accusations Are Becoming Increasingly Common. Simon De Trey-White Visits a Camp in Ghana That Has Housed 'Convicted' Witches for More Than 200 Years". Geographical. Retrieved 21 November 2014 – via Questia Online Library.(Subscription required.)
  2. ^ Sullivan, Tim (11 January 1998). "A Prison Sometimes a Haven: Ghana's Witch Villages Only Safe Place for Women Accused of Casting Spells". Associated Press. Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO). Archived from the original on 29 March 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2014 – via HighBeam.(Subscription required.)
  3. ^ Djanie, Akua (January 1, 2013). "Africa for Halloween?". New African. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2014 – via HighBeam.(Subscription required.)
  4. ^ Npong, Francis (2014). "Witch Camps of Ghana". Utne Reader (Winter): 48–49. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Ghana witch camps: Widows' lives in exile". BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Hundreds of women trapped in Ghana's 'witch camps'". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  7. ^ "Ghana: the Witches of Gambaga". London: Yaba Badoe. 25 November 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "'Those against free SHS must be sent to the witches camp' - Abronye DC". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  9. ^ Allotey, Godwin Akweiteh (2016-11-28). "Lordina Mahama visits Gambaga Witches camp". Ghana News. Retrieved 2017-03-18.

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Coordinates: 10°31′50″N 0°26′32″W / 10.53056°N 0.44222°W / 10.53056; -0.44222