Powerful Portraits of Accused ‘Witches’ in Ghana Showcase Women’s Strength

1 / 07 / 2016

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ziraat forex hesabı “In Western pop culture, the word “witch” elicits thoughts of feminine badassery — Sabrina’s wry eye rolls, Hermione’s tenacious fight for social justice, practicers of  موقع لتصحيح الاخطاء النحوية الانجليزية 1970s-spawned Paganism crafting potions and practicing chants. At its most malevolent, the word harkens back to depictions of “froward” women, like the soothsaying sisters in “Macbeth.”

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The idea that the “witch” label could be used to suppress or condemn may feel like a distant historical fact to those of us who studied the Salem witch trials, which are cast in an unreal glow when examined from a safe remove. But for the women of the Gambaga, a camp in Ghana for women accused of witchcraft, the descriptor is very real, a force that has separated them from their families, their communities, and any feeling of security they might’ve possessed prior to accusation.

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Photographer Eric Gyamfi traveled to the East Mamprusi District, where he met with the camp’s chief, Yahaya Wuni. After a thorough questioning, visitors are allowed to see the camp, accompanied by one of the chief’s daughters or trusted subjects. “I explained that I wanted to photograph them the way I would my grandmother, and I did photograph them the way I would my grandmother,” Gyamfi said. “I want the viewers to possibly ask, ‘Where are the witches?’

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Although Gyamfi uncovered tragic stories while visiting the accused women, he hoped that his photo project would not dwell only on their hardships; instead, he hoped to convey the humanity of the accused, working toward a global solution to the discriminatory problems that landed them there in the first place. 

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“How do we get people to realize, and empathize, that the other humans they abuse and stigmatize are just flesh and blood like them?” Gyamfi said. “[They’re] human, strong and vulnerable at the same time, capable of good and bad just like anyone else.”” – Excerpt taken from Huffington Post. 

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View Gyamfi’s full series on his site.

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