Grandmother Tortured and Burned To Death in Ghana as Witch

We have another witch burning in Africa. Madam Hemmah, 72, is a grandmother who was burned to death — allegedly at the instigation of an evangelist preacher, Pastor Samuel Fletcher Sagoe, 55. Many evangelists in Africa believe in witches. Indeed, one of Sarah Palin’s favorite ministers described himself as a witchhunter from Kenya.

A student nurse bravely tried to rescue the woman who died from her extensive burns 24 hours later. The woman had been tortured into confessing before kerosene was poured on her and ignited. Arrested with Sagoe were Samuel Ghunney, 50, Emelia Opoku, 37; Nancy Nana Ama Akrofie, 46, and Mary Sagoe, 52.

Ghunney is accused of extracting the confession and calling for the kerosene. The pastor and other suspects reportedly claimed that they had only poured anointing oil on the old woman and the oil accidentally caught fire.

The bravery of this nurse, Deborah Pearl Adumoah, is an inspiration and adds some redemption for Ghana in having people like her who are willing to risk their lives in such circumstances.

Source: VibeGhana

10 thoughts on “Grandmother Tortured and Burned To Death in Ghana as Witch”

  1. If she was really a witch, why didn’t she just hop on her broom and fly off? Or turn the minister and his followers into a bunch of toads? No surprise that a minister organized this horrible act or torture and murder. Doesn’t the Bible tell us not to “suffer a witch to live?”

  2. Evangelicals and fundamentalists . . . marching boldly into the 15th Century.

  3. This is a case of torture in the name of god. AY hit it on the head with the Jim Jones reference. Someone should ask Sarah Palin’s minister if he has ever participated in such a ritual or punishment for the “crime” of being a witch.

  4. Someone once said to me, of another person, and the event is described in a trial transcript, and is thereby of the public record, that the another person was evil.

    From said public record, with proper protection of identities in accord with human subject research ethics,

    “…the (swear word) (swear word) [first letter of the next word replaced with “#” in accord with human subject research ethics] #itch, she’s evil.”

    To which I responded, “I don’t think she’s evil; I don’t think anyone is; but I think there are people to whose hurts we are all blind.”

    I choose to not be blind to the (to me) obviously insane hurts of whosoever would burn another living person as a witch.

    Four words come to my mind, take your pick of “#” = “b” or “d” or “h” or “w” or any other letter of your choice. One of those four is in the aforementioned court transcript.

    In the land of the blinded, would not someone who dreams of sight, though sightless, be deemed a witch?

    How much more likely would one actually sighted be deemed an intolerable danger to others, and condemned to a living death for being a deviant witch?

    Suppose the hitch is human society being of the form of a pitch-dark ditch?

    When will society hit bottom, look up instead of down, and climb out of the sort of living hell in which a person can be burned to death as a witch?

  5. Comments from VibeGhana:

    These are the first three…

    James November 26, 2010 – 11:41 am
    This is the continent from where Baraq Hussein Obama hails.

    Reply Kev November 26, 2010 – 9:04 pm
    Ghana isn’t a continent…

    Reply Cat November 27, 2010 – 12:51 am
    It is the continent that Obama is from and where he returned to help steal the election for his Marxist Muslim cousin right before his US takeover – Kenya and Ghana are on the same continent, no?

  6. I cannot even begin to imagine the terror that she must have felt…

    (During my early years in nursing, I worked on a burn unit. The memory of it is still fresh in my mind.)

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