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My stolen childhood: understanding the trokosi system - BBC Africa Eye documentary

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Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries old practice called “trokosi”. Girls are forced to live and work with priests in religious shrines, for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members. Although the practice has officially been banned in Ghana, it’s still happening there and in other parts of West Africa but on a smaller scale. Twenty years after she was freed from this practice, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi goes on a journey to understand what trokosi really is and why her family gave her away. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsafrica/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcafrica/
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BBC News Africa (7 months ago)
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ibrahim siby (8 days ago)
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Okwii (13 days ago)
There are 16 West African countries, but this is only practiced in three. How is this a W. African problem?
Teresa Calarie (2 months ago)
A bit confused, are you serving as trokoshi for Obama?
Yei Boayue (2 months ago)
BBC News Africa Trokosi is not an African practice it is a tribal thing. The Ewes, in the Volta Region of Ghana, Togo, and Benin are the ones who practiced this. I got to know about this as refugee in Ghana, in 1990. I had gone with a friend to Kpandu in Ghana, when I found myself listening to stories of this. Like this story a lot of poverty stricken parents, fell victim to family members, who claimed they were taking their children to educate them in the city. Unfortunately these parents are trusting and grateful that someone cares enough to help. The problem is with the Governments where this is happening. These areas are not policed enough to put an end to this horrific practice.
wendy caesar (8 hours ago)
Believe kills believe cures ,a saying we have .U see what u want to see ,the mind is so programmed .
Frankie Alvarez (2 days ago)
ash ahmad (2 days ago)
TheAuntieBa (5 days ago)
I’m old now and I still wonder: why I have never in my long life heard of a religious man who says something like, “God spoke to me and told me I must free a trakosi girl from slavery and send her home.” Or, “God told me I should replace a trakosi slave for a year, while she goes to school.” Somehow, old religious men are always told by their God to benefit themselves. This is a beautiful woman and a deeply meaningful story. Christiana struck me again and again as very like Mma Ramotswe as played by Jill Scott in The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency of Botswana.
good man (6 days ago)
she is beautiful and thank God she turned out fine.
I wonder if there’s any kind of punishment for men in Africa’s different beliefs? This is excuses to (most of all) sexually abuse young children in my eyes. The “belief system” takes away the taboo in doing that somehow. Horrible, extremely horrible! Does similar things exist for men??? I really want to know, thank you? God bless you all ❤️❤️❤️
Can’t stop crying! Heartbreaking! I used to have this thoughts of African families and the villages,that they were all so close and loving. I know now that I’ve been naive, there’s a lot of cruelty and evilness in Africa, like in all countries I guess and the thought I had about the close bounds in African families, I’ve been wrong... I mixed them up with isolated tribes (bad things happen in those too I suppose but not at this rate) that I’ve seen on YouTube, TV and been reading about. I never saw the shadows until recent days... And some of the things I’ve seen is so absurd and unimaginable, like this one. To live as a slave for the rest of your life!!!! Because of someone else’s “crimes” or wishes!!! I can’t believe it!! 😨🤭 A real Mother/ Father dies for their children. A parent give their children away for egoism, not a mother or a father. I’m soooo sorry for what you’ve been through and for all who are “living”, in the devastating conditions you did, as we speak... So incredibly sorry but happy that you made it although with the huge price you had to pay for someone else. It’s a pleasure to see you reunited with your family and also very sad, what was taken from you, it can’t be given back... your childhood, your rights... I hope you’ll have a happy life and I’ll pray for you and all the people (like that 14-year young poor little girl, tragic!!) who are suffering in “The shrines”... God bless you and love to you all ❤️❤️❤️
Helen Preston (6 days ago)
Questions go unanswered ! Not good,, it will continue, untill.....
Helen Preston (6 days ago)
Get with that uncle!!!!!
Jessica Johnson (7 days ago)
Thanks for this story. Your strong women and I'm happy your freedom has been restored.
Why do we continue to let men destroy our societies & degrade our women & girls
HANIFA SK (8 days ago)
Can't stop crying when will Africans wise up😭😭😭😭
nat turner (9 days ago)
those people are fucked up
gurlwitdacurls2018 Me (10 days ago)
I know this isn't apart of the video but I don't see any pimples or bumps on they faces,😍 I wish I had skin that smooth.
IamRicoK (12 days ago)
These people need education. So they send away girls if a man has an affair only so they get pregnant by the Priest?
Alex (13 days ago)
Why are these people so fucking stupid?? What scumbags they're literally selling their own grandmothers.
Bob Stephen (15 days ago)
The father lying he knew
Leah Lee (16 days ago)
Who's coming with me to save them ?
tiaramy maloy (16 days ago)
This is madness! Men commit sin and then women and girls get sent away for their short comings! I just cried like a baby seeing her cry when she seen her mom
Diamond Hawkins (17 days ago)
I'm so sorry this happen to you
Ranjeet Singh (18 days ago)
come to the usa and see adultry we all gone have to leave i guess these girls are not here only in africa
Ranjeet Singh (18 days ago)
wow her uncle commited adultry enjoy his dick and she pays
Marcella B. Mincey (18 days ago)
I don't believer her father. He absolutely knew what happened to her, he sacrificed his daughter and that's why he got angry. This is extremely heart breaking.
Ervin Albritton (18 days ago)
Thank God some rotten slave trading scum brought my ancestors from that backwards depraved continent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gladys Makoni (17 days ago)
What about the peadophilia and abortion of innocent babies happening in America? America has it's own issues and is not perfect. Africa has a lot of positive things. You need to come here and see that most of us have better quality of life than some of you in the so called land of the free.
QueenFantasi (19 days ago)
No wonder there are gay women who don't want to deal with male negative energy.
Abel Rodriguez (19 days ago)
Larisa Gehmie (19 days ago)
This was very hard to watch. We African people have a long way to go still! And it starts with putting a spot light on topic like this as difficult as it may be.
Afrina Ahmed (19 days ago)
So sad
JMlifestyle tv (19 days ago)
Beautiful girl with a golden heart.
oh honey (20 days ago)
this is just fucking spiteful man horrible horrible excuses man smfh
Sally Benardello (20 days ago)
You should have brought charges against both your parents and your uncle and everyone running the shrine. Until this is done nothing will change. You were lucky and we're rescued. You should have visited your family with a court messenger serving them court papers for the law suit. (Spitting on your father would make more sense than hugging him but suing and winning will bring much worse luck to the family than throwing a child to the wolves and therefore prove trokosi an evil practise) Good Luck to you and your future life and please turn your back on your family and Don't Look Back. They are selfish and care nothing about anyone but themselves. You deserve so much more.
alex p (20 days ago)
If there is a God.he is not great.
Alta Smith (21 days ago)
What a beautiful beautiful woman, inside and outside.
Anisa Abdirahman (21 days ago)
Lol do u know that christians also believes in Trikosti or whatever Jesus died for our sin it’s the same shit lol😂😂😂 y will someone die or pay for your own sin WTF😒
Anisa Abdirahman (21 days ago)
GOD people are illiterate
Winx Believe (21 days ago)
Ghanaians love slavery! They were the biggest slaves traders - The Akan
Herbal Hair Food (21 days ago)
very interesting
Legolas Greenleaf (21 days ago)
Poor lady 😔 She's gorgeous though, and i love her accent. God will rain down judgement on all evildoers 🔥
House of farts (21 days ago)
God she’s stunning.
House of farts (21 days ago)
I thought that maybe they do this to make the sin committee feel as horrible as they can because their sins are being “transferred” to an innocent person in their family but now I don’t think they even care,,,,
Gabriel Martines (22 days ago)
Tradition of blind people. ....black nation will always remain backwarded....is only GOD through our Jesus Christ forgive since. ..not a hungry and dead gods and those that worship it can forgive since.
Gabriel Martines (22 days ago)
this is trash. ..people just exploit others for nothing...can't believe this is Ghana. .....i am highly disappoint with Ghana and what they represent. ...GOD Father have mercy on Ghana.
Officially Mya (22 days ago)
Even tho I'm a girl Y'all on the comments are being sexist YALL TALKING BOUT men are the worst thing but ALL people are fucking terrible people are the worst thing to happen to earth POINT BLANK PERIOD
Andre Cruywagen (22 days ago)
Millions of people in Africa and the rest of the world caught between attachment to a prehistoric culture and trying to exist in a modern world. We all have a strong desire to know who we are and where we come from, but ultimately our job is to prepare the next generation for the future.
Cheesy_ AF (24 days ago)
Millions of whites and other races(Asians,)live in Africa and have got relatives abroad . Do you want to tell me they don't have anything good to say about Africa to y'all racists? I mean they live here comfortably, that's why I believe Racists are just ignorant
Lady Eyrah (24 days ago)
I could only imagine the pain and loneliness these girls had been through.
Blesselny Born-great (24 days ago)
All this is because they don't know Jesus Christ
Priscilla Mensah (24 days ago)
Awww the meeting with Christiana made me cry. Hmmm.
Faiza Ali (25 days ago)
The father is a liar he knew what he was doing.Oh God,this is the most painful i have ever watched.
Sumi (25 days ago)
She’s stunning and intelligent
howling moon (25 days ago)
She's a very strong and beautiful woman.
Lucky Nthite (26 days ago)
I just wish that 14 years girl with blue cloth can also be freed. as a man I broke into tears when they ask her if she knows why she's there and if she's happy. you could feel the pain in her voice. people doing this things are heartless. I wonder who came up with this culture. Sis Man! 😒😒
Does child abduction people should be going to jail of those religious cut them off disappear On these earth
Tayshalee Reyes (28 days ago)
Another stupid system SMH
Princess Amina (29 days ago)
Very Sad
Anonymous Annie (30 days ago)
So many men are evil. They don’t see women as people, never have. Why do women have always to suffer and pay for men’s sins. Raped women being blamed, being forced to carry, give birth to, and raise their rapists child. Can you get more evil.
Toxxaluvier (1 month ago)
I honestly doubt that her parents had no idea this happened. This is because they did not fall out with that "uncle" after they got to know where he had dumped their daughter. I am sure this trokosi system is not alien to their family and this is why the father responds with ambivalence. This is also why the Mum responded with "thank you" after that tough conversation- she knew she had sins to be forgiven. If they intended to send a child away for an education, they would have sent the oldest to that adulterous uncle. They would have told their daughter that she was traveling to get an education which would have been good news even for the girl instead of putting her on a bike and saying nothing. They would have packed a few clothes and some gifts for her uncle since he was doing them a huge favor by paying her school fees. The truth is that now, she has a desirable passport, pocket, life and links that would benefit the family immensely and despite their wickedness to her, they want whatever they can get for free. That's just how I see it. I hope she gets the tools to heal on her own. Deepening ties with her birth family will only open doors for more another kind of trokosi- a financially and emotionally manipulative one from the same father who still rules the family with an iron grip and valued his randy brother above his own child. I hope she doesn't fall victim to this dangerous family once again.
vanessa 2d (1 month ago)
This is a stupid religion
Tina Pongyan (1 month ago)
Im still kinda confused on what exactly it is ..
Laura Marin (1 month ago)
Tonnnnia (1 month ago)
The way her dad responded I feel like he really knew. He may not have told his wife or really want to admit it, but I think he knew.
Giovanni Hammock (1 month ago)
Scantless ass African booty scratchers sold her for some
Giovanni Hammock (1 month ago)
Just human thoughts 💭 the most Evil things in the universe is being human or just human nature get out
Carine Nanoue (1 month ago)
The father just pissed me off there when he said that he asked the uncle and he said he sent her on an errand, what is that? How can you give your child to someone and don't even go there to visit your own flesh and blood? No nooooooo
jim dee (1 month ago)
her dad is also a nice piece of ASSHOLE and pretty sure off camera those assholes will ask her for money, if possible, monthly payments would be great
jim dee (1 month ago)
fake traditions and other innocent people have to pay for sins of others...why not punish the one that commits the offence.... seems only girls are the victim of this bullshit and was she raped on a daily schedule by her new slave master? ah they speak about this, fucking pedophiles
Gareale McGill (1 month ago)
She is beautiful
seringe minteh (1 month ago)
Why she never try to save the 14 year old at the shrine
Nea Alissa (1 month ago)
I don't believe her father had the courage to tell her the truth
Felicia E (1 month ago)
Very sad
james pa92 (1 month ago)
Ignorance is Africa's biggest problem!!!
Toya (1 month ago)
Why they dont give up the people who commit the crimes. Not innocent people and kids. This is just wrong
Bree Lovexoxo (1 month ago)
So sad wow
Talent Makota (1 month ago)
so sad made me cry
felicity 1 (1 month ago)
voltarians and their things hmmm
Tara King Njoku (1 month ago)
The Father is FOS! "Whatever happened has happened? You got to be kidding me. I would never ever wanna see him again. Thank God she was adopted and rescued and received a better life. What the devil meant for evil, God turned it around in her favor.
ALEX KUMI (1 month ago)
What is trokoshi? Is another form of dehumanizing another human being right, in the name of some devilish tradition, the victims are always young girls and you wonder why.
PatriciaWalton (1 month ago)
Very sad! And when I went to get my daughter, and she wasn't there, I'd been beating that Uncle's A-- for taking her and now she was missing!
Meenah. Styles (1 month ago)
Her dad got defensive so quickly. I’m sorry but I don’t believe he’s telling the whole truth. I believe he knew maybe not at first but at some point he knew
meka2988 (1 month ago)
So what happens to those that's left there ?
Valerie Evboifo (1 month ago)
no fair because girl did not have the right then
Londy Yyy (1 month ago)
I haven't seen my son in months and I love him dearly. I think of him everyday. I don't want him to grow up thinking I don't care about him. I miss him and do everything with him in mind as if he were still Living with me. Everyday I hope to see you son. Everyday.
Londy Yyy (1 month ago)
Beautiful people with foreign experiences. I hope to be able to share my story with a few one day. Colorful painful spectrum.
emma P (1 month ago)
This is just heartbreaking, the strength and absolutely beauty of that incredible woman is just inspiring. I wish everyone who is blessed with freedom would realise how truly blessed we are to be free from this. This woman is just amazing and so stunningly beautiful and strong. I hope there is a way in which me and other people in the UK can help fight this, we all must educate ourselves on things happening around the world and do things to help if we can, we are blessed with freedom and education in this country and we must utilise this to help others 💔 Thank god for this amazing lady and her strength and radiating love 💗
Kyle Savage (1 month ago)
Why the hell are there so many comments like ''This is so typical of men to take advantage of women and girls just like it happens everywhere in the world''/''Men are evil rapists''? Traditions like this are leftovers from earlier times that represent neither the present nor the average man. Stop with your man-hating comments ffs
Jasmin Brown (1 month ago)
Nasty, wicked,wretched priest hope he burn in hell,hide behind the mass and pretend to be holy ,have children with chikdren,
Georgia Young (1 month ago)
Women paying for men's crimes...hmm...
pumpkin heart (1 month ago)
Ok can we just talk about how gorgeous the girl is omg😻😻
KonniCHiwa Sayonara (1 month ago)
Djenane Aigbe (1 month ago)
Christ paid the price, he paid for our sins and the name of Jesus Christ is higher than any other name. This people live under the fear of these spirits. Jesus Christ can set them free.
Princess Silver (1 month ago)
This documentary made me cry like a child. I am so saddened by the superstitions held by my fellow Africans, enemies of their own selfs. When you see an African running from their country, going through the sea and the dark dessert not for a second fearing for their life, hoping it would somehow be better than the one they would live in Africa... I just hope you try to understand why. I pray God gives Chritina the strength to heal properly, because that look and those tears rolling down her cheeks, tell an untold painful story.
Maria the historian (1 month ago)
Africans enslave themselves? I don't understand why the men are laughing when she first returned home. I can't believe her father's reaction!!! I hope who ever did this to her is on their death bed. Dying from guilt!!!
Feruz Teame (1 month ago)
Great job
roseapple35 (1 month ago)
She is so beautiful. I am so touched by her story
Casey (1 month ago)
I don’t for a single second believe her dad
khushboo sirova (1 month ago)
She should have heped that girl
Nerkera Saunders (1 month ago)
Wow this culture is so painful
Omuteefu Mpagi (1 month ago)
This is how primitive our brothers and sisters in Africa are,and stupid religions and beliefs exploit that to enrich themselves.
Kùi Maina (1 month ago)
Took me 2 hours to watch this cz of all the tears. This is so evil.

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