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Witchcraft Accusations Project

In the wake of a public lynching of an old lady on accusation of witchcraft in July in Northern Ghana and several women banished into so-called witch-camps in the Northern and North East Regions, The Sanneh Institute is launching a project to address the issue with the ultimate goal of closing down the camps and reintegrating the victims back into their communities. The Project is in three phases:

  • Legislation: TSI will petition Parliament of Ghana for a Legislation to be passed and named after Akua Denteh, to criminalize the accusation and labelling of people as witches in Ghana.
  • Education: With the data, we will commission experts to produce teaching manuals on witchcraft accusations from the Christian and Islamic perspectives. These will be used for education in schools, churches and mosques.
  • Reintegration: We will use the information gathered to advocate with traditional rulers and local government officials as well the Ministries of Gender and Chieftaincy, and to launch a “Let our Mothers Go Home” campaign towards closing down the “witch camps”.

TSI is appealing to Churches and individual well-wishers, firstly, to volunteer their time and expertise in gathering the data, and secondly, for funds for the data gathering exercise, the production of the study materials, the education campaign and the reintegration of the women.