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Opinions of Friday, 12 November 2004

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Letter From The President: Sikaman?s Guantanamo

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,
A very good friend of mine recently sent me a newspaper from Canada, with a publication about Sikaman. The article was about the so-called witches camp in Gambaga in the Northern Region. Most of you might know about that village ? a huge camp where hundreds of women, accused of witchcraft have been confined, against their will, against the law and against their fundamental human rights. It?s Sikaman?s Guantanamo, where people suspected of spiritual terrorism are being held illegally with no chance of ever appearing before a duly constituted panel to defend themselves. The story of the witches? village has been told over and over again. I heard about it long before I ascended the Black Star Stool. At the time, I didn?t consider myself able to do anything about it. I swore to myself that if I became president, I would go to the village and free all those hapless women whose rights have been violated by a bunch of native nitwits, who justify their failings in life by blaming others.