Mother demands justice after losing arm in attack by step-sons who accused her of witchcraft

Accused of witchcraft by her step sons, 52-year-old Baraka Horsu has been allegedly slashed with a cutlass, resulting in the loss of her right arm and disfiguring her face.

She is, therefore, demanding justice and social support.

She reached out to‘s Yvonne Neequaye after the festive period.

Her distress call was received through a relative.

After setting out to Korkormu, one of the villages in the Akwapim North municipality of the Eastern Region, the team met Barrack Horsu, who could barely give a hand shake.

About four months ago, she was allegedly slashed with cutlass by persons she identified as her step sons on her way from a public toilet in the night.

“I was returning home after using the toilet facility. All I felt was a struck on my hand,” she narrated her ordeal.

“I went off and could hear, ‘Hit her’. I made loud shouts calling others for help. I woke up at the Central Regional Hospital without a right arm. I can hardly stretch my left hand. I am currently undergoing physiotherapy at the Tetteh Quarshie Hospital, Mampong.”

Losing the right arm, currently disabled and unable to engage in any meaningful activity mean no livelihood for Baraka Horsu.

Her left hand is not in good condition either. She can hardly stretch. She hopes her physiotherapy sessions would help her recover.

Out of fear, the victim has left his marital home and now staying at her family house.

She is now dependent on her children and relatives for basic needs.

She wants justice delivered, because her perpetrators have been granted bail.

“They must be arrested again and imprisoned. They accused me of witchcraft. I am now disabled because of their action. My family support cannot sustain me. A social support for me is welcomed.”

Her son, Robert Wegbe, says they can hardly fend for themselves.

The trauma of their mother’s condition has gripped them with fear and they are afraid to even visit her farm due to the uncertainties especially about the trial.

“My mother can’t support me since the incident. I am under apprenticeship. Going to the farm is not an option, we may be attacked.”

A relative to the victim, Ayoba Horsu, says the only way to have peace is for the wheel of justice to grind.

“The only way we can have peace is for justice to be delivered. My sister can’t do anything on her own. Her children and other family members have to help her. It is really sad the perpetrators have been granted bail. This is not the ending we want.”

By Yvonne Neequaye||

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