It’s been very interesting this quarter as SONGTABA brings to cherished donors a worm greeting from Northern Region of Ghana where Songtaba is implementing End Human Rights Abuses against Alleged Witches Project. In the Post Covid-19 era Songtaba begun to explore the relationship between witchcraft accusation and mental health. What is the state of mind are these women living in especially as the camps are in very deplorable conditions. Songtaba commissioned a study to investigate. The study revealed that 53% of the women accused of witchcraft and living in the camps suffer depression and a results will require some psycho-social support.
Also their quality of life was also measure using the World Health Organisation standard which revealed very poor living condition where not a single woman in the camp had an improved quality of life. In this regard over 90% of the women indicated they wanted to be reintegrated back to their home communities or communities where they can be safe. Based on this report the team begun our visits to the camps during the period under review starting with the kukuo camp profile women who were ready and willing to be reintegrated back to their home communities. Currently, we have profile two of these women at the kukuo camp who express interest in reintegrating back to their home communities. One of the women by name Hasia who is 68 years from Waribugu community and has stayed at the kukuo camp for the past three years narrates how life confronts her in the camp which has necessitated her to opt for reintegration.
What really got me to the kukuo camp was as a result of the death of someone son for which I don’t have any knowledge but I was the very suspected and I was accused. The moment I was accused, the youth did nor even give me choice to explain myelf but I was instantly sent out of the community.I still my home and I want to go back
The camp has been like a bondage for me for the past three years due to the absence of certain basic social facilities such as water, food, clothing and health care. Sometime I have to relied on the benevolence of other people for survival and to a large extend very difficult in getting at least my two square meals a day. Not only has these things impacted my life but my inability to re-unite with my family is what I missed for very long time. I felt there have taking away one of the precious rights away from me each time I look back and what am going through.
I will be very happy when am reintegrated because it will offer me an opportunity to farm and also do petty trading to support myself. When I was at home, I use to farm crops such as groundnuts, maize and soy beans which I wish to continue. When I am at home my children can give me decent health care needs and other basic needs?
I thank Songtaba and their supporters for the good works they have done in the past reintegrating other women. I have heard their stories and it is one of the motivating factors for me also to go home. Hasia Narrates!