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The Former Gender Minister of the erstwhile NDC, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo says that the NDC, if given the nod in the December elections will shut down witch camps in order to bring back the self-respect to women who are accused of witchcraft in some parts of the Northern Regions.
There have been calls to close down witch camps after the lynching of a 91 year old, Akua Denteh at Kafaba in the Savannah Region, and also the brutalities meted out to three other women at Sumpini in the Savannah Area.
In an interview, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, stated the NDC will certainly close down these camps if voted for in the upcoming elections.
“Under NDC, on the 10th of December, we closed down the Gnagi witch camp. We collaborated with the traditional authorities, the owner of the witch camp and 50 to 60 inmates. Contrary to what the NPP government is saying today, it is doable. The witch camps can be closed down. With the CSOs, we drew up a plan, so we have a three thronged approach.”
“The first is to prevent the youth from identifying such women in the community. The second is if they get to the witch camp, they will be given humanitarian support and the third is close down the camp. So we have that plan in place and we will revitalise and activate it because this is the people’s manifesto.”
The Gender and Social Protection Ministry was the topic of discussion from the Ghana chapter of Amnesty International after attacks on 3 senior women in the Savannah Region who were accused of witchcraft.
In response, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection stated it is set to remodel witch camps which are currently safe havens for women alleged to be witches.
Source: Ghana Waves