In parts of Ghana, a child with a disability might be referred to as a ‘Spirit Child’ – one believed to have suffered a curse, perhaps as the result of perceived parental or familial wrongdoing, or as the embodiment of spiritual warfare. They are often hidden away to conceal a family’s shame, or sometimes even ritually killed. One mother told me that before walking out on her, her husband told her to leave their baby in the forest to die.
Through these portraits, I tried to re-define the words ‘spirit child’, and find instead the spirt of the child.
Mawunyo, 17.
Mawunyo, 17.
Daniel, 10.
Daniel, 10.
Nana Ama, 7.
Nana Ama, 7.
Festus, 4, with his mother, Helen.
Festus, 4, with his mother, Helen.
Deladem, 10.
Deladem, 10.
Simon, 12.
Simon, 12.
Brothers, Benjamin, 13, and Jude, 6.
Brothers, Benjamin, 13, and Jude, 6.
David, 5, with his mother Eunice.
David, 5, with his mother Eunice.
Albert, 7.
Albert, 7.
Yacoba, 6.
Yacoba, 6.

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