How I have waited for this special day? I have longed to expose this especial camp to the entire world. Today, is my day and definitely nothing is going to hold me back. I will speak with confidence and with hope. Perhaps their God will listen or hear their cry through my speaking out.
I have a real story to tell about widows in my country, a story that must be brought to the fore fronts of all women leadership. A story that the whole world must hear. My story is about the Gambaga Witches Camp in Ghana.
Short history about Gambaga Witches camp.( source of brief history Wikipedia)
Gambaga Witch camp is a segregated community within Gambaga township in the Northern Region of Ghana established in the 18th century to accommodate alleged witches who are banished from their communities.
The camp has about 25 round huts, and holds about 100 women. No health services or indoor plumbing are available.
Many women in Ghana's witch camps are widows and it is thought that relatives accused them of witchcraft in order to take control of their husbands' possessions. Other old women in the camp have been accused of using black magic (juju) to cause misfortunes in their community.
You see what I am talking about? This camp was created as far back the 18th century. I was not sure I was born then, if I was I will have being a kid less than 5 years. Why must women be subjected to such humiliating violent and abuse? What wrong have they done? Where are the wizards? They claimed men wizards are inclusive but if you visit the camp now 99% are women. This is real injustices. This is an abuse to the woman freedom. Why are only women the cause of mishaps in the family? These women family members has deserted them completely. Its only few cases that visits them one or twice in a year.
Even before they are brought to the Camp, the are humiliated in the entire community. They will be declared Witches in their communities, in fronts of kids. They will be initiated disgracefully, some head shaved, others are force to drink bath water from their husband's corpse. Eiiuu, what a barbaric act? What an uncivilized behavior?
The so called women activist are doing nothing about it. All they do is visit them when its election time. They go there with their sweet lips. Somewhere last year 2018, at some point I thought I heard a goodnews about this camp. The then Gender minister for children and women, Hon Otiko Ofisah Djaba was the one who came forward with a strong view of closing the camp. When this was highlighted all over the new I got so happy, finally something good was about to happened. However, sadly few months after this advocacy it was all over the news media that she has resigned her post. All hopes dash!
I am writing to bring this issue in the forefronts of all stakeholders, please whether local or international let's come to the aid of these innocent widows. Let's give them hope, let's help reunite them with their families. I know it will not be easy, this is a camp that has exited for over 40years now, its become business for centre for some I guess. But I have hope anything is possible.
My Promised I promised or plan that if this post gets a story award and gets to be featured at worldpulse during this campaign week. I will personally pay them a visit in the camp come this 23 June 2019 with some gifts to put a smile on their faces. So WorldPulse please help us to put a smile on their faces come this Widows Day!
We need to show love, we need to give a helping hand, we need to give them an encouraging words. Pls let's do this together!