Category Archives: witches camps

Ghana aims to abolish witches’ camps

Clair MacDougall, Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2011

Ghanaian leaders and civil society groups met in the nation’s capital, Accra earlier this week to develop a plan to abolish the witches’ camps in the northern region, where over a thousand women and children who have been accused of sorcery are currently living in exile. Continue reading


In Ghana, Witch Villages Offer Safe Haven From Superstition

Tim Sullivan,  January 25, 1998 ASSOCIATED PRESS

In the remote countryside, an accusation of witchcraft is tantamount to a death sentence. The only remedy is exile, sometimes for life, to a sorcerers’ ghetto. Continue reading


The witches of Gambaga (Ghana)

Geographical 1 Aug. 2006, Simon DeTrey-White

“They say I chopped a child”, the old lady said, her tiny figure lit by the soft light of a Ghanaian dawn. Her fine, deeply lined face was tight-lipped and impassive as she lent against the door of her small thatched hut but her eyes burnt with pride, anger and loss. My mind flicked instantly to lurid visions of a swinging axe. “Chopped?” I asked. “Yes,” said my interpreter, “to chop means to eat.”

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Helping ‘witches’ who live in exile (Ghana)

Christian Science Monitor, Sherry Amatenstein, 22 June 2006

A year ago, Fatimata Chimsi was living happily with her son, his wife, and the couple’s six children in Karaga, a tiny village in northern Ghana. That is, until the longtime widow was accused of being a witch in late 2004. Furious neighbors insisted that Ms. Chimsi had “killed” an elderly man. Afraid that she might be lynched, she fled in the middle of the night, riding on the back of her son’s motorbike. Today, Chimsi resides at the Kpatinga “witches” camp. Continue reading


Life in a Witch Camp: The Exile of Women in Northern Ghana

travelblog.org, Nicole Huck, 11 March 2008

We fear what we don’t understand. A child falls sick and dies without reason. Who do we blame? Is it God’s will, or is there some other force at work? Most people feel better having something or someone to blame for life’s misfortunes – and in Northern Ghana that blame often falls on elderly women believed to be witches.

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What makes a woman a witch? (Ghana)

Yaba Badoe, Feminist Africa

This article is taken from a much longer report, which I wrote for the Mapping Sexualities Project[1] over a five-month period in Ghana (between October 2004 and April 2005). The report was based on research I conducted in Gambaga in the Northern Region of Ghana, from early November to the beginning of December 2004. Here I summarise some of the findings from my larger report, highlighting the narrative of Asara Azindow, one of nineteen people I interviewed and whose story I recorded in the “witches’ camp” in Gambaga. Continue reading


The Gambaga “Witches” Colony: Its Artistic and Other Cultural Life (Ghana)

DUUT GEORGE NANGPAAK, JULY, 2007.

A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL ART STUDIES, KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF A MASTER OF ARTS (AFRICAN ART AND CULTURE) DEGREE FACULTY OF FINE ART, COLLEGE OF ART AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

NANGPAAK, DUUT GEORGE. “The Gambaga “Witches’” Colony Its Artistic and Other Cultural Life.”