The Forgetful Witches
Firecracker Photographer Lee-Ann Olwage recently returned to Ghana to continue shooting ‘The Big Forget’, an ongoing project on Alzheimer’s and Dementia amongst indigenous populations.
An increase in global population ageing means that more people are at risk of developing dementia. Due to low life expectancy, many African countries are not included in discussions about population aging and more importantly, little attention is given to understanding cultural meanings ascribed to dementia which is becoming a growing health priority in less resourced countries. It’s important to understand the role of superstitious beliefs and cultural meanings ascribed to dementia in order to support those living with dementia in Africa.
Ghana’s population is ageing, with accompanying symptoms such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. But in villages, these diseases are often linked to superstitious beliefs – and the elderly are deported to ‘witch camps’.
Read the full article on Die Vergesslichen Hexen in Die Spiegel.