Paul Patrick Borhaug

Photographer + Writer
The Witch Village
Location: Oslo, Norway
Nationality: Norwegian
Biography: Paul Patrick Borhaug  is a photographer and writer from Norway, who primarily works on environmental, political and cultural issues. His images has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, United Nations , Huffington Post,... read on
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The Witch Village
Credits: paul patrick borhaug
Date of Work: 11/08/16 - 12/14/16
Updated: 03/26/19

In rural parts of West Africa, witchcraft remains a firm belief. When unexpected deaths in the family or community occurs, the blame is often put on someone expected to be a witch, usually a female relative of the deceased. The women are often lynched or expelled from the community.

The luckiest ones make it to a witchcamp where they are allowed to live free from persecution, in return for their labour. Sentenced to a life in solitude, many women commit suicide following the sorrow of being excluded from their family and community.

This witchcamp in Northern Ghana has been a refuge for accused witches from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria for over 200 years.


By Paul Patrick Borhaug —

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