Witchcraft and magic in Ghana

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Sep - 22 - 2011

Witchcraft, the main theme of fairy tales and children’s carnivals around the world, remains a real and immediate problem for many states. In northern Ghana, superstitions are still incredibly strong, it is because of the women, and sometimes even men forced to flee after the charges against them in the use of black magic.

These rogue states seeking refuge in the so-called “witch camps,” says Newsweek International correspondent Sofia Grove.

Pakpema Bleg had to flee her village, after her brother-in-law accused her of witchcraft. In the photograph her daughter in the kitchen of his small thatched hut in the village witch Gnani, five miles from her native village.

Residents of settlements Gnani witches gathered under the mango tree to welcome a journalist and photographer. More than 900 people live in the settlement Gnani. New residents come here every week.

In most cases, housing for the newcomers all the villagers build together.

A resident of the Gnani witch village , Pakpena Bleg at her home. It is believed that in Gnani black magic is “not working”, so the villagers were “safe” .

Children – citizens of settlement for witches Gnani. Many of the women accused of witchcraft are forced to flee with their children. Schools in Gnani, of course do not exist, so in the age of eight kids go to work in the field as adults.

Seventy shaman Nvini Binamba are considered as elder population. With all the new arrivals will be charged at the rate of forty dollars. In addition, by using special amulets made of a bird shelter, Binamba “starts talking” “magical” force newcomers so that they could not harm the villagers. In the photo around the shaman – his children. He argues that the magical powers of his family is inherited.

Living in the Gnani witch village- brothers.

Buda Sana arrived in camp after one of the many wives of her husband accused her of mouse damage to the child. The woman claims that it was done solely out of envy.

Buda Sana at her home. Most newcomers come to Gnani empty-handed, at best, taking with them only kitchen utensils.

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