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[–] [Deleted] 5 points (+5|-0)

This singer is one of an estimated 1,000 women in northern Ghana who have fled their homes because of witchcraft accusations — and the fear that they will be physically attacked as a result. Reasons vary for such allegations: Some charges arise so that land they owned could be stolen. Other times women with mental or physical disabilities are condemned. Virulent sexism, ageism or personal jealousies are usually part of these accusations. Their livelihood can include chopping firewood for local chiefs and gathering discarded food for themselves.

[–] CheriMae 0 points (+0|-0)

one of an estimated 1,000 women in northern Ghana who have fled their homes because of witchcraft accusations — and the fear that they will be physically attacked as a result.

Omg how terrible! What is northern Ghana doing treating women like this? I hope somehow some way necessary change is brought and people do better for all women there. The fact that no matter where you look in the world, you can find women being treated terribly in some way because they are women is depressing. Change must come.

[–] [Deleted] 2 points (+2|-0)

I know, this story actually had me break down in tears—I heard it in NPR as I was driving. My mother is extremely mentally ill, and I found a lot of parallels in how these women are treated to how mentally ill women were either sent to institutions, or, now—abandoned by family and left to be homeless/in jail.

What’s inspiring is that these women found each other. In the interview they said that they see these villages as refuges from a world that doesn’t accept them.

But it is true, there is still so much work to do. Stories like this break my heart.