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.
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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.
Watching those old videos, especially the other girls one, made me cry 😞 when will we stop these forceful practices? My Mum’s from Ghana, funny enough she’s actually from Volta Region but I only heard about this practice from my friend... 2 years ago.
This is straight up disgusting!!! But like she said, how can you tell these people that what they believe in is wrong? They believe serving as a trokosi protects their family from the punishment of the gods... How can you tell them it's wrong? If she wouldn't have been saved by the American, she'd still be living in there feeling happy cause she's protecting her family from the "punishment of the gods" just like the Uber driver's grandma.
We need to open our minds in Africa, and not tolerate some cultural acts cause they're straight up disgusting and a violation of human rights. All the girls living sent to the shrine deserve the right to have a childhood, a family that will take care of them, love them and protect them and a happy home
What how he can say that the challenge stopted from our family when she served in there I don't know how people could belief these nonsense things and how they can say we are doing right when they are rapping priest who is rapping can't be true priest am Muslim and heard lot of useless and nonsense things I hope that people would stop believing these things I feel sorry for victims
There are no Gods who make them sick .they get sick because it's there luck... To inslave a child is wrong that is the sin. Unless the world wakes up to the fact there is one Father Lord
There will be no peace for any who do this horror .the fact she forgive her family shows me what an amazing women she is
Oh hun i am so so sorry you had to go through this. It breaks my heart even more that your parents had absolutely no idea what happened. The whole video up until you asking your father what happened i was furious now im just entirely heart broken for you. Youre a strong beautiful and brave woman
So much stuff about AFRICA... and this world in general, for that matter, is just SO FUcK3D UP!!!!!
And yes, I'm an American-black woman - and I feel this way!!!
When I see things like this, it discourages my spirit from desiring to travel to Africa.
After my dad died ,we were kicked out our home town , we come to city to start zero .l was blessed and find a job abroad . whish l could find confident to go back after 8 yrs.bt there's nothing left for us There.
I left my country Ghana 🇬🇭 at the same age as she did (7) and came to America and I’ve been in America for 15 years but I still speak my native language (ewe) Togolese and Ghanaian both speak ewe so I’m not sure why she said that’s why she can’t speak ewe, the French part I get but the ewe part is a bit confusing to me since in the Volta region ewe is the main language that’s spoken there.
I was born in Ghana in the Volta region, but I’m half Togolese and half Ghanaian. My father is from Togo and my mom is from Ghana and I speak the same language but I’ve never heard of this and I went to school and had a very normal childhood but I did leave Ghana when I was 7 years old and came to America. My family is Christian and doesn’t believe in that that’s probably why I’ve never heard of this.
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I love you,and thank you for people that Care and fight for freedom specially freedom in Christ Jesus HOPE 🙏❣️ your family far but close in Spirit Lord God Almighty. You are the way protect guide your children in Jesus name we pray... love you Love you Love you xoxoxo I love you
This is so sad am even crying 😢😢😢😢😢😢 such videos makes more to be more kind. that's why we need to kind to each another because we gotta know what they might have went through to act offensive into our lives
This is one a great example of why undeveloped countries stay that way. If you want change, you must take action and break the cycle. In America we some fucked up stuff going on: Slavery, women's right to vote, segregation, civil rights,ect. But people pushed back and caused effective change. People have to change their mindset. Teaching what's right to the new generation.
BY TELLING THE WORLD YOUR STORY YOU ARE HAVING A CONNECTION WITH MILLIONS OF WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING OR WORSE AND KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE ! WE ALL STAND TOGETHER AS ONE AND WE CAN GIVE EACH OTHER IDEAS AND HELP EACH OTHER EVEN THOUGH WE ARE FAR AWAY WE CAN STILL HELP EACH OTHER GET THROUGH THIS TRAUMA AND CHANGE THINGS !
I’m not racist but seems like that the only white people are allowed to live in freedom and not have their childhoods taken away from them. Most of them get everything thing and still waste while other people suffer. All the hard working people suffer Asian, Indian, black, people in Venezuela, Asia, Africa. I swear white people is the most evil race on the planet.
My God, my heart aches, my soul cries for this precious and strong, STRONG woman! The life she has endured. God bless her adopted father and her biological parents who did not know she was being sent to the shrine. Such a tragic story, yet redemptive because this woman is gracefully owning her narrative and helping the future for women in Ghana!
stop saying ghana, you are not even from ghana, you are from togo and some of came to leave in ghane that ia your way of live , is not our way of life, you peaple do lots of eveil things so stop saying ghana ghana, that is not our way of life
Men are nasty so sick of this. Her family is lying they set her up. That's why i don't talk to too many people anymore. I am digusted. I think these families are targeted by voodoo prietess and they threaten the families if they don't give the women. Corrupt society. Bullies.
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