- Documentary reveals how malnourished children are sold to some spiritualists in villages including Teng and Gaa in the Karaga District to be killed for rituals.
- Over 1,453 severely malnourished children have been rescued from the deadly trade.
A documentary on Mr. Nayina Karim, a social entrepreneur from Karaga District in the Northern region shocked audience of the just-ended MTN Heroes of Change grand finale, as he revealed that severely malnourished children are killed in Northern Ghana for rituals.
The startling revelation was made when Mr. Nayina Karim, winner of the Economic Empowerment category of the MTN Ghana Heroes of Change, mounted the podium to share chilling stories of the predicament of such victims to highlight the high incidence of child malnutrition in the district.
In a documentary, Mr. Karim revealed that the malnourished children were often sold to some spiritualists in villages including Teng and Gaa in the Karaga District to be “killed” for rituals. According to him, these malnourished children were considered as evil children.
“I went to Karaga community as a licenced chemical seller but for the past few years that l’ve been staying in the area, I realised that children with malnutrition cases were being sold to the popular spiritualists in Tang and Gaa in the Karaga District to be killed,” he narrated.
According to Mr. Karim, he tried to consult the traditional authorities as well as key stakeholders at the district health directorate to find out the causes of malnutrition amongst the children which was making skins of newly born-babies to flake off.
That, he said, encouraged him to set up a centre for malnourished children in Karaga community. In two years of existence, the centre was able to rescue the lives of a total of 1,453 children who were severely malnourished.
In order to ensure enough food for the malnourished children, it said, Mr. Karim went further to set up a poultry farm, vegetable and herb farms with plans to do even more.