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Refurbish huts, management of Gambaga Witches’ camp appeals

Samson Laar, the assistant manager of the camp, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, said the huts could not be rehabilitated this year due to inadequate funds

The management of Gambaga Witches’ camp has appealed for support to rehabilitate the residence of alleged witches as the rainy season sets in.

In 2021, a philanthropist built a four-room block for the residents of the camp, however, the management of the Camp could not raise funds to rehabilitate or build new residences for the more than 80 women.

The women live in a segregated community in the Gambaga township of the North-East Region.

The camp was built about a century ago to accommodate alleged witches, banished from their families and communities, who sought refuge at the residence of Gamba-Rana, the paramount chief of Gambaga.

Currently, Naa Yahaya Wuni, the Gamba-Rana, is the spiritual overseer of the camp where 93 women and two men are housed.

Samson Laar, the assistant manager of the camp, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, said the huts could not be rehabilitated this year due to inadequate funds.

He said management had re-roofed some of the huts, adding that “we are trying to find grass to roof a number of the huts so that when we are able to find some more funds, we can do same for the other huts.”

He made a call for benevolent groups, societies and individuals to support the camp.

The camp, built with mud and thatched roof, is expected to be rehabilitated before every rainy season, however due to unavailability of funds, some of the huts have not been renovated for some years. Residents may have to endure the inconvenience of water dripping into their huts when it rains.

The six northern regions are characterized by annual strong winds, heavy rains and floods, therefore, to withstand the harsh weather conditions, the thatched houses are rehabilitated annually. Heavy rainfall and floods cause displacements and loss of property and livelihoods across communities

Meanwhile, the old women who fend for themselves by selling fuel wood said walking long distances to fetch grass to roof their rooms is a difficult task, reiterating their call for assistance.

 

 

 

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