General News of Monday, 7 May 2012

Source: citifmonline

Women's ministry under fire for increase in witch camps

A human rights advocacy organisation, ActionAid Ghana, says the increasing number of witch camps across the country is a failure on the part of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs.

Research indicates witch camps across the country are on a consistent rise. The victims of this system are living in camps located in the communities of Gambaga, Kukuo, Gnani, Bonyasi among others, all in the northern regions of Ghana.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast show, the Country Director for ActionAid Ghana, Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse, said the ministry promised to dis-ban the camps.

“It is now six months into the year and there has still been no action” she said. She added that Ghanaians should support the advocacy for the close down of witch camps. “The key thing is for the general public to disabuse themselves of this perception of alleged witchcraft.”

She called on the general public to support human right advocacy groups to ‘ask’ the women and children affairs ministry to ban the witch camps.

There are currently six alleged witch camps located in the Northern Regions with over 3000 women and children residing in them. Also living in the camps, are about a 1000 girls who accompanied the old women as attendants.**