Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project

An aid project by “Hilfe für Hexenjagdflüchtlinge” (F. Riedel) in Gushiegu, Ghana

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F. Riedel (Project Manager)

F. Riedel
We assist those who survived witch-hunts in Ghana. Our project combines 20 years of practical experience with witch-hunt victims and 10 years of scientific research into modern witch-hunting.

Witchcraft beliefs permeate sub-Saharan Africa. They are prevalent in all sectors of societies and all confessions. Most often, sickness and death are attributed to witchcraft. Accusations are often triggered by envy and jealousy. Often, shrines mitigate accusations, sometimes exonerating the accused, sometimes also extracting confessions by force.

Gushiegu, Nabule und Kpatinga (Northern Region, Ghana) provide shelter for a total of 200 female witch-hunt victims. About 500 are located in five other sanctuaries within 200 km. There are few projects that tackle the problem. The catholic church in Yendi supports two sanctuaries with boreholes and strucutres. Some other organisations try to create the impression that they would cover all the sanctuaries on their own. As we are present in all camps on a regular base, we witness the limited range of their efforts and counterproductive activism. We can assure anybody, that the Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project is the most effective and most professional project concerned with witch-hunt victims in Ghana.

Simon Ngota, our director, has reintegrated more than 500 women throughout the past 20 years. He is key figure in two books (Karen Palmer "Spellbound", Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg "Die Hexe von Gushiegu") and in one documentary (Yaba Badoe: "The Witches of Gambaga"). He dedicated his whole life for social work with outcasts, and as an agric engineer he also knows how to organize farmwork.

What we do today:
- Daily visits in one of the Sanctuaries.
- Education on health issues and hygiene through nurses.
- Farming (purchase of 3 ha land in Gushiegu, annual provision of seeds, tractors and fertilizer)
- Small income Generation (Soap, Beads)
- Drama-Groups on market places to educate the villagers around.
- Workshops with Chiefs to unify them against witch-hunts. Most often, the chiefs are bystanders or opponents of accusations, lynchings are perpetrated by the youth.
- Peer-group counseling in any way.

Our Website:
www.witch-hunt.org

More information:

Location: Gushiegu, Ghana

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  • Kostenloser Zugang zur Krankenversicherung wird den Flüchtlingen schon seit Jahren versprochen. Weil es immer wieder überhaupt nicht klappt, helfen wir aus und machen weiter Druck auf die ghanaischen Behörden, die notorisch klamm sind.

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  • Martina Ngota hat eine besser bezahlte Stelle aufgegeben um in Gushiegu am Projekt mitzuarbeiten. Täglich fährt sie in eines der Asyle.

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  • Die Schwester des Chiefs von Damashiegu wurde einst auch der Hexerei beschuldigt. Heute nimmt sie am Dramaworkshop teil und erzählt ihre Anklage, um das Publikum zu ermahnen.

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  • Unser neuer Toyota Hilux, der uns gespendet wurde, auf seinem ersten Einsatz zu einer Drama-Group in Damashiegu. Die Frauen ermahnen dort Marktbesucher, dass sie Hexereianklagen unterlassen sollen.

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  • Lieferung von 2 Schubkarren.

    Uploaded at 15-12-2011

  • Eine Frau hilft einer anderen dabei, ihre Medikamente zu nehmen.

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  • Inge, Ingmar und Flemming besuchten unser Projekt in Gushiegu. Wir freuten uns sehr über den Besuch!

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  • Dank der Teilauszahlung konnten Simon und Evelyn 2 Schubkarren nach Gushiegu bringen. Von dem übrigen Geld wünschten sich die Frauen Plastikeimer. Die Wasserkanister kommen mit der nächsten Lieferung.

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  • Verhandlungen mit Sampa, dem Erdpriester von Kpatinga.

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  • Die Anführerin der Flüchtlinge in Kpatinga.

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  • 2011: Warten auf nachsickerndes Wasser am Wasserloch.

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  • 2011: Am Ende der Trockenzeit war das Wasserloch erschöpft. Dank der Katholischen Kirche hat das Asyl heute einen Brunnen.

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  • Der Toyota Hillux des Projektes bestand fast nur noch aus Ersatzteilen.

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  • Das Aufsammeln und Reinigen von heruntergefallenem Getreide an Markttagen ist mitunter lukrativer Nebenerwerb in Gushiegu geworden.

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  • Hexenjagdflüchtlinge im Asyl in Gushiegu.

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