Via Sierra Express Media, a discouraging reminder of the role of culture in affecting public health: Sierra Leone Traditional Healers Union President Kabba begs President Koroma. Excerpt:
Needless to say that the Sierra Leone Traditional Healers Union (SLTHU) has saved many Sierra Leoneans from untimely graves via witch gun and other voodoo weapons that, hitherto, proliferated this nation and used to kill many prominent people for pittances.
Many idle, indigent and, consequently, desperate citizens had resorted to making their living by firing their fellow citizens with witch guns for few thousand Leones. The demonic trade soon boomed and witch gunners were assembling in large number at Up Gun roundabout and other strategic areas around Freetown advertising their juju guns and competing for hire.
The sad situation soon reached an alarming dimension and became a cause for the concern of the government and the masses. It was at this point that the traditional healers intervened and arrested and detained several witch gunners some of whom were sent to court.
SLTHU was formed in 2007 and in 2009, the current National President, Dr. Sulaiman Kabba (in photo), was crowned by no less a person than His Excellency the President, Ernest Bai Koroma.
However, Dr. Kabba has expressed disappointment over the fact that government has not been giving the union the attention and support it deserves, pointing out other governments in countries like China and Ghana have helped traditional medicine to develop to recognition point.