I’m a better adventurer than an IT project manager, so when a colleague from Friends of the Earth Ghana called in 2010 to say that they needed a film about the Witch Camps, I was soon back amongst the mud huts, learning about systemic injustice on a family scale through the eyes of women survivors of violent witch hunts. Another serious eye opener, our film for SOSYWEN – What I Used to Know – went on Ghana TV and is used in human rights education. I continue to work with WHRIN producing expert testimonies on witchcraft abuse.
In the 1970s, the Endorois people of Kenya’s Rift Valley were forced from their land to make way for the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. In 2010, they won their case before the African Commission on Peoples’ and Human Rights, creating a major legal precedent for the Right to Development and recognising indigenous people’s rights over traditional lands and resources.
More information available from the Minority Rights Group International:minorityrights.org/9587/press-releases/landmark-decision-rules-kenyas-removal-of-indigenous-people-from-ancestral-land-illegal.html
This clip was edited by Zoe Young from two earlier films, and screened at the United Nations OHCHR Social Forum, marking 25 Years of the Right to Development:ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForum2011.aspx.