Cursed for appearing in a dream. Or by a jealous neighbour whose cow suddenly died. Pictured are the elderly women of the Kpatinga Witch Camp, Northern Ghana. Excommunicated and accused of being a witch or possessing witchcraft they were forced to abandon their family and village life. Having to live the remainder of their life in a spartan hut with no running water, electricity or loved ones in one of the six designated witch camps spread over Northern Ghana. Where they seek refuge from beating, torture or lynching. The accusations are most of the time based on sheer lies and very often a convenient way to get rid of somebody. They can’t leave the camp without permission. This is to protect them from the local villages that surround these camps as there is an endemic belief that witchcraft is at play when misfortune hits a village.
For water they have to walk daily up to three miles to get to the Dako river. Struggling back uphill with heavy pots of water. They survive by collecting firewood and sometimes working for very little in nearby farms. It’s a hard life. But a life they are prepared to endure as long as they are safe.