West-Africa’s secret societies

Magic and secret societies play an important role in society of Sierra Leone. It is something that is everywhere and part of politics, culture and religion. Secret societies can be found in all levels of society. Magic is one major reason that the secret societies are so influential. The fear and evil and for each other is so great that there would be total anarchy without the power of of fear. Witchcraft is probably the biggest enemy in Sierra Leone. All groups and associations are fighting against the magical witchcraft. Witched people or children are being persecuted and even killed. A photographic journey through mystical Sierra Leone meeting traditional priests, hidden societies and magical healers.

  • Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Published by VPRO / Newspaper Trouw
  • Exhibition : FFF Fotofestival Naarden
  • Awards : Lensculture portrait award

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