Monday, May 30, 2011


The Network of Journalists for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (PROMOAFRICA),has condemn the killing of a hunchback woman believed to be in her early fifties in Akwatia in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Speaking at a well attended press conference in Accra on the issue, the president of PROMOAFRICA, Mr. Amoah Kwaku Addi (Seth Addi) who led the investigation team to the area to ascertain the true situation on the ground, said The woman was killed by unknown persons on the morning of Saturday May 29, between two villages, Otwinkwanta and Adukwedum.

Mr. Addi explianed that the body of the woman, believed to have been murdered not far from where she was found, has some part of her hunchback removed as the incident has thrown the town into shock and fear, as many residents who spoke to the investigative team said the 53-year old woman may have been killed for ritual purposes.

Mr. Addi  therefore called on international community and government of Ghana to support the network to enable them promote and protect persons with disabilities in Ghana as in recent times, there have been several cases of alleged ritual murders of persons with disabilities in some parts of the country.

The most recent and prominent case, according to PROMOAFRICA President, is the arrest of three men suspected to have murdered a 12-year child with disability, Kwame Amoah, at Techiman and one other at Goaso all in the Brong Ahafo Region.

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