She was betrothed to a man she did not know. The man had allegedly performed all the customary marriage rites while she was still at a tender age. Madam Akurugo (not her real name) who is now confined in one of the witches camps in Ghana narrated a horrifying story living under a man she called her husband.
A 49 year old woman who comes from a village near Nakpaduri in the East Mampurusi District of the Northern region of Ghana had some missing teeth. Smiling uneasily, Madam Akurugo tells me she suffered from frequent beatings from the man she called her husband without provocations. Her plight worsened when a fetish priest declared her as a witch and blamed her for being responsible for her husband’s misfortunes. The priest allegedly accused her of being responsible for the death of a family member who died shortly after suffering from a snake bite.
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