Caretaker Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Abena Dapaah has disclosed that the government was committed to reintegrating the inmates at Gambaga Witches Camp into society.
She was answering a question asked by MP for Nalerigu/Gambaga, Seidu Issifu on what the ministry was doing to support the Gambaga alleged witches who have been camped at the Witches Camp.
Reacting to the question, the minister said preparations were underway to ensure the inmates are well fed and included in society.
She stated that the inmates of the camp have been given two cycles of LEAP cash grants.
They have also been given emergency support to enroll on the National Health Insurance Scheme as beneficiaries.
She urged the public to desist from accusing women of witchcraft since it is barbaric, backward, and inhuman and does not have a place in modernity.
She added that the Ministry has engaged traditional leaders on the matter as part of efforts to stop witchcraft accusations.
The Member of Parliament for Nalerigu /Gambaga constituency, Hon. Seidu Issifu further called for policy interventions that will bring dignity to inmates of the Gambaga Witches Camp.
Speaking in an exclusive interview, Mr. Seidu stated that the inmates need some skills training to empower them economically.
He said they need an intervention that will integrate them back into their communities.
Mr. Seidu added that the kind of support they need shouldn’t be limited just to food items, nose masks, and sanitary pads.
He revealed that there were about 200 inmates which have been reduced to 88 due to the intervention of an NGO, Presbyterian World Services and Development who have supported them for the past sixteen years.