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Regional News of Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Source: Daily Guide

NGO wants cursing to be banned

Trudy Nartey Trudy Nartey

Trudy Nartey, leader of Channel of Change (COC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kumasi, has called for a law banning the invocation of curses.

Her call follows a recent incident she witnessed in Kumasi where a class three pupil caused a stir when she angrily invoked the ‘Antoa Nyamaah’ river goddess to strike her colleague dead.

The young girl was said to be arguing with the friend over an issue in school when suddenly she invoked curses on her.

Trudy Nartey claimed some elders of the area and the school authorities performed rituals to reverse the curse.

Even though she refused to mention the name of the school, Trudy Nartey complained bitterly about the upsurge in such cases in the country.

She told journalists in Kumasi that fresh laws were needed to ban the invocation of curses with river deities.

Trudy Nartey said many people who would have played key roles to transform the country had been killed through invocation of curses.

She said many people die out of curses than deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola and breast cancer.

According to her, invoking curses had become fashionable in some areas in the country and this, she mentioned, is a bad example for the youth.

Trudy Nartey stated that the time has come for the issue to be given national prominence.

She also urged chiefs, pastors, imams and teachers to start educating their people about the dangers of cursing with a river deity.