Every child’s future matters, no matter what their circumstances, yet in northern Ghana, children living with disabilities are being left behind.
We need to change that.
In northern Ghana, an area where six in ten families lives in poverty, limited access to education and healthcare mean children’s disabilities are often misunderstood and, in some cases, the children are believed to be bewitched. As a result, these children are being left behind, neglected and even killed in some circumstances.
Fear of “bewitched” people has existed throughout history and all over the world. In rural northern Ghana, a disabled child is at high risk of being labelled as a “spirit child”.
Noah, who’s brother Narcissus has cerebral palsy, explained this belief:
"At first, over here in Ghana, when they saw children with these kinds of situations, they thought they were "spiritual children”…They believe that if they don’t kill the child, the child will end up killing the family members. If they were given the chance, these children they are very good; there are things that they can do that you wouldn’t even believe.”