Contrary to the fact that women are mostly branded as witches in society and, therefore, carry the burden of shame and often lynched or ostracised, there is a growing phenomenon in a witches’ camp at Gnani in the Yendi Municipality where the population of alleged wizards is on the increase.
The male population at the camp near Yendi in the Northern Region keeps increasing by the day following the number of men who are now being accused of witchcraft in certain communities in the region.
The camp is now a home to a total of 1,028 people comprising 313 women, 105 men and 610 children who have been chased out of their communities for allegedly causing the death or inflicting sickness and misery on relatives, friends or neighbours at their respective localities.
In some parts of the Northern Region most middle-aged and elderly women have suffered untold hardships from this practice over the years.
Now it is not only women who suffer such brunt. Men, who are also accused of wizardry are being driven away from their communities with their wives and children to the Gnani camp to be set free of the so-called evil spirit.
But after the ‘exorcism’, they end up staying at the shrine which has now become known as camps in some parts of the Northern Region.
This came to light when this reporter in the company of other journalists were invited to cover a free medical-screening exercise for inmates of the camp, organised and sponsored by the Ghana West Africa Missions of the Church of Christ in collaboration with the Harden University from the United States of America.