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Comments on: Join the conversationBy: Felix RiedelBy: Felix RiedelBy: LindaBy: GerrilynBy: YabaBy: Abukari IddrisuBy: Amina MamaBy: YabaBy: Kathy Barber

A film by Yaba Badoe Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:17:43 +0000 hourly 1 /join-the-conversation/#comment-500 Felix Riedel Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:12:28 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-500 The Website of the "Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project" working at Gushiegu, Nabuli and Kpatinga is now online: http://gushiegus.wordpress.com Please consider a donation at: http://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/7175-hilfe-fur-hexenjagdfluchtlinge I would be glad to know more about the situation in Gambaga now, as just Gladis Lariba is left and Simon Ngota left to Gushiegu. The Website of the “Witch-hunt Victims Empowerment Project” working at Gushiegu, Nabuli and Kpatinga is now online:

http://gushiegus.wordpress.com

Please consider a donation at:

http://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/7175-hilfe-fur-hexenjagdfluchtlinge

I would be glad to know more about the situation in Gambaga now, as just Gladis Lariba is left and Simon Ngota left to Gushiegu.

]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-499 Felix Riedel Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:08:32 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-499 Iddrisu, its not about being different or exploited in the past (which Africans had a pretty share in exploiting their fellows either). It’s about universal truth. And witchcraft-accusations can simply not be true because there is no such thing as witchcraft, this is proven by all modern science. Therefore it does not matter if it is a Dagbon court (which it is clearly not, it is shrines and ordeals) who condemns a person as a witch – as long as she is accused of witchcraft you will have to face the scientific reality: That this crime does not exist. If children die in Northern Ghana – and they do – it is mostly their parents who are to blame: For exploiting them, letting them carry heavy loads of water, not feeding them well (as they are "just children"), letting chiefs take money away which was thought for clean water, not doing everything to provide potable water and food. For sure no one is to blame for witchcraft. It is not there. It is a fantasy – that kills people accused of witchcraft. And if you ask me further: No god ever talked to humans, no human can influence anything called god, there are no spirits and no magic at all. World is just as it is: A place made hell and heaven at the same time by humans. Science is a wonderful thing – if you really WANT to understand something it offers explanation that go far, very, very far beyond the simple accusation stereotype for many womens fate: "I dreamt of you tonight, you hunted me in my dream and caused my headache. I will kill you!" Iddrisu, its not about being different or exploited in the past (which Africans had a pretty share in exploiting their fellows either). It’s about universal truth. And witchcraft-accusations can simply not be true because there is no such thing as witchcraft, this is proven by all modern science. Therefore it does not matter if it is a Dagbon court (which it is clearly not, it is shrines and ordeals) who condemns a person as a witch – as long as she is accused of witchcraft you will have to face the scientific reality: That this crime does not exist. If children die in Northern Ghana – and they do – it is mostly their parents who are to blame: For exploiting them, letting them carry heavy loads of water, not feeding them well (as they are “just children”), letting chiefs take money away which was thought for clean water, not doing everything to provide potable water and food. For sure no one is to blame for witchcraft. It is not there. It is a fantasy – that kills people accused of witchcraft.

And if you ask me further: No god ever talked to humans, no human can influence anything called god, there are no spirits and no magic at all. World is just as it is: A place made hell and heaven at the same time by humans.

Science is a wonderful thing – if you really WANT to understand something it offers explanation that go far, very, very far beyond the simple accusation stereotype for many womens fate: “I dreamt of you tonight, you hunted me in my dream and caused my headache. I will kill you!”]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-74 Linda Wed, 08 Jun 2011 07:22:41 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-74 At last! Smonoee who understands! Thanks for posting! At last! Smonoee who understands! Thanks for posting!]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-61 Gerrilyn Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:35:00 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-61 What a joy to find somoene else who thinks this way. What a joy to find somoene else who thinks this way.]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-44 Yaba Thu, 05 May 2011 17:36:25 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-44 Thanks for your feedback, Iddrisu. Perhaps you should take time to look at the whole documentary before you dismiss my analysis as superficial and naive. My aim isn’t to discuss whether witchcraft exists or not, but to question a trial by ordeal that condemns a woman to years of exile from her family based on the way a chicken dies. Just because many Africans have been abused and mistreated for generations is no excuse for allowing women, who are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, to be sujected to violent abuse as well. It’s time we treated all men and women – no matter what we believe they’ve done – with respect. Thanks for your feedback, Iddrisu. Perhaps you should take time to look at the whole documentary before you dismiss my analysis as superficial and naive. My aim isn’t to discuss whether witchcraft exists or not, but to question a trial by ordeal that condemns a woman to years of exile from her family based on the way a chicken dies. Just because many Africans have been abused and mistreated for generations is no excuse for allowing women, who are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, to be sujected to violent abuse as well. It’s time we treated all men and women – no matter what we believe they’ve done – with respect.]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-42 Abukari Iddrisu Sun, 01 May 2011 18:56:39 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-42 I just watched a short video on youtube about the Gambaga Witch Camp. I think your analysis and conclusion is superficial and naive. The witches in that camp are condemned from various parts and communities in the north of Ghana. Each has their own method of prosecuting and convicting witches. These traditional courts existed long before colonisation. Some of them were so sophisticated that they co-existed with the so-called western legal system. For example, the British allowed the traditional legal system in Dagbon to run in parallel to their own. It is such courts that convict those witches you see in the camp. Where were the human rights when millions of Africans were enslaved and forced to work on plantations in the new world. Where were the rights of humans when apartheid relagated South africans to sub humans? where were the human rights when african americans suffered all those brutalities in the US? Have you thought about the orphans left behind of the bewitched? The subject is more complicated than just the statement that the "fate of a woman is determined by how a fowl dies". You, certainly, need more resources and time on this subject. I just watched a short video on youtube about the Gambaga Witch Camp. I think your analysis and conclusion is superficial and naive. The witches in that camp are condemned from various parts and communities in the north of Ghana. Each has their own method of prosecuting and convicting witches. These traditional courts existed long before colonisation. Some of them were so sophisticated that they co-existed with the so-called western legal system. For example, the British allowed the traditional legal system in Dagbon to run in parallel to their own. It is such courts that convict those witches you see in the camp.

Where were the human rights when millions of Africans were enslaved and forced to work on plantations in the new world. Where were the rights of humans when apartheid relagated South africans to sub humans? where were the human rights when african americans suffered all those brutalities in the US?

Have you thought about the orphans left behind of the bewitched? The subject is more complicated than just the statement that the “fate of a woman is determined by how a fowl dies”. You, certainly, need more resources and time on this subject.

]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-29 Amina Mama Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:58:26 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-29 Yaba and I are both in New York for the screening at the 18th African Film Festival, a wonderful event featuring some fascinating new African and diasporan films, and attended by many exciting young filmmakers discussing a range of artistic, political and ethical issues in contemporary cinematography. More details can be found on their website www.africanfilmny.org The screenings continue tomorrow 11th April and Tuesday 12th April, so if you are in NY come and join the delights of viewing, socializing and meeting the creative community gathered there! Yaba and I will be at the screening Monday 11th April @ 8.00pm at the Walter Reade Theatre, the Lincoln Centre. Yaba and I are both in New York for the screening at the 18th African Film Festival, a wonderful event featuring some fascinating new African and diasporan films, and attended by many exciting young filmmakers discussing a range of artistic, political and ethical issues in contemporary cinematography. More details can be found on their website http://www.africanfilmny.org

The screenings continue tomorrow 11th April and Tuesday 12th April, so if you are in NY come and join the delights of viewing, socializing and meeting the creative community gathered there!

Yaba and I will be at the screening Monday 11th April @ 8.00pm at the Walter Reade Theatre, the Lincoln Centre.

]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-20 Yaba Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:29:05 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-20 Fascinating! Fascinating!]]> /join-the-conversation/#comment-19 Kathy Barber Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:28:33 +0000 http://dev.witchesofgambaga.com/?page_id=18#comment-19 I heard about this on the radio the other day – a petition to seek a pardon for Helen Duncan, one of the last women to be jailed under the Witchcraft Act in the UK. Interestingly she was imprisoned using the law during World War II… <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7180642.stm" title="Link opens in a new window" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Read the full BBC News article</a>, from 2008. I heard about this on the radio the other day – a petition to seek a pardon for Helen Duncan, one of the last women to be jailed under the Witchcraft Act in the UK. Interestingly she was imprisoned using the law during World War II… Read the full BBC News article, from 2008.]]>