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General News of Wednesday, 29 July 2020


New video emerges of witch doctors abusing alleged witches in Widana

The video back a petition to President Akufo-Addo to shutdown the play videoThe video back a petition to President Akufo-Addo to shutdown the "witch-healing centre"

A new video has emerged showing various forms of abuses against women accused of being witches in Widana, a town in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region.

The author of the video, The Sanneh Institute, an NGO, is using the video to back a petition to President Nana Akufo-Addo to shutdown the "witch-healing centre" in the town.

In the video, which has been posted below, some young women are seen rolling on the floor or restrained after a witch doctor sprinkles water on them.

This new video comes at a time when the police are on a manhunt for persons who lynched 90-year-old Akua Denteh in Kafaba, after a soothsayer pointed her out as a witch.

The lynching of the nonagenarian was also recorded on a video and has caused fierce public outrage.

A narration that comes with the latest video by The Sanneh Institute reveals that when a person accused of being a witch is brought to the healing centre, water is sprinkled on them and if they are a witch, they allegedly confess.

But in many instances, the accused persons – all of them women – insist that they are not witches and are beaten until they confess.

Watch the video compiled by The Sanneh Institute below.

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