Yes, the headline is correct. Multiple media sites in Ghana are reporting that not one but two women believed to be witches fell from the sky recently. Is this a new Fortean phenomenon? Is it time for remakes of Wicked and The Wizard of Oz?
The first witch fall occurred in Akyeremadi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Masons at a block factory (possibly making concrete blocks) claimed they heard a loud crash at 3:30 am. (It’s always the graveyard shift when the interesting things happen.) When they got to the scene, the found a woman on the floor wearing a shiny dress with blood on her face. (How did they know she was a witch? No mention of a hole in the ceiling, plaster on the floor or a damaged broom, but I digress).
Before they could question her, the woman who had just allegedly fallen from the sky, suddenly got up and ran away. They chased her (no mention of pitchforks or flaming torches) to a nearby house where they – along with what was described as a “colossal number of curious people” who heard about the witch and joined the hunt – found her. Now topless, the woman identified herself by two names – Gifty and Afia – and said she was flying to Kwanwoma (no mention of why or how) when she was hit by an electrical shock which caused her to crash (Electrical wires? Tall policeman with a stun gun? Flying eels?)
Actually, one cause given for the “electrical shock” was prayers from people calling in to a local radio station who somehow must have heard about the upcoming flight. The people in the mob said they’d never seen the woman before and gave no indication how anyone knew she’d be flying over.
Unless perhaps they’d heard about the other falling witch. On that same morning, a woman in the nearby Tema community reported hearing a crash.
I quickly came out and saw an old lady lying naked in front of my door but when she saw me, she quickly ran and locked herself in our bathroom.
The homeowner was prepared for these kinds of situations. She said she grabbed some anointing oil, broke down the door and poured it on the woman, who immediately confessed that she had been flying over as a bird but turned into a human when she crashed. (No mention of what caused the crash. Electrical shock? Prayers? Large picture window?) Before the homeowner could get any more details (for her insurance claim), the naked woman escaped and ran into a nearby cemetery where a crowd chasing her threatened to beat her. (How does this news travel so fast to quickly assemble these witch-hunting flash mobs?)
It’s sad to hear these reports about women who are different, misunderstood and quite probably need medical help instead being identified as witches in contrived cover-up stories to justify persecution. How can a country that sends athletes to the Olympics to chase gold also have people who chase alleged witches and are covered by the local media? Before you laugh, think about what happens in your own country.
Who are YOUR ‘witches’?