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September 19, 2013

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Photo: A "Witch Camp" in Kukuo, a small community near the Oti river in the northern region of Ghana.
A "Witch Camp" in Kukuo, a small community near the Oti river in the northern region of Ghana.
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Leo Igwe

For Accused Witches, A Last Resort

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When Leo Igwe was a child living in Nigeria, he saw his father beaten after being accused of witchcraft. Accusations of witch craft run rampant in many parts of western Africa, and Igwe has made it his life’s work to bring attention to the problem. Many of those accused of witchcraft find refuge in “Witch Camps,” which offer safety after an accused individual has been ousted from a community. Igwe has visited camps in Nigeria and northern Ghana and tells host Dick Gordon what life is like inside them.

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