Ghana: Accused of witchcraft, hundreds of women banished to camps
30 January 2022 | 2:59 pm
Ghana is one of the last countries in the world that still has camps for "witches". Some 300 women falsely accused of witchcraft are spread across five camps nationwide. Shunned by society, they often live in dire conditions. Some people accuse a woman of witchcraft to avoid paying back a debt or when a relationship fails. Two NGOs, however, are trying to get these women rehabilitated in their former villages. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Wassim Cornet.
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