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“Finding answers gave me courage to move on”: WATCH this Woman share How she was forced to Live with Priests to “pay” for sins of Family Members



In a special episode, BBC FactFinder and BBC Africa Eye partnered to answer the question – just how much can your memories help you to track down your past?

Brigitte Sossou Perenyi, 20 years after she was freed, went on a journey to understand what the Trokosi practice really is and why her family gave her away.

The Trokosi practice, prominent in West Africa, forces girls to live and work with priests in religious shrines, for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members.

Although the practice has officially been banned in Ghana, it’s still happening there and in other parts of West Africa but on a smaller scale.

Brigitte had documented her journey to finding answers. Watch it below:

She spoke to BBC about how finding answers gave her the courage to move on. Watch below:

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  1. Miss Smart

    December 14, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Heart-wrenching… Sigh!

    Africa, my Africa!!! The evil we do to ourselves is sickening. Education, more education, lots of education is what everyone on this continent needs.

    Grateful to Mr Perenyi.

  2. arianna

    December 14, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    It seems like in Africa, the girl child is always paying for the sins or suffering of the ones before them. Instead of being protected they are either sold to shrines or some random man in marriage or even worse, they are mutilated through FGM for something they know nothing about.

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