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River gods speak The ‘gods’ ban menstruating girls from crossing local river

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The river gods have issued terse directives which have to be followed

play Girls crossing the Ghana river (Courtesy )

Schoolgirls have been banned from crossing a river while they are menstruating, and on Tuesdays.

This means the education of the girls from the Upper Denkyira East district, in the Central Region in Ghana now hangs in the balance as they have to cross the river to get to schools.

According to BBC, Ghana’s Traditional Chiefs are enforcing the directive from the river god.

The river god also directs that girls should not cross the river on Tuesdays.

The move has not augured well with the children right activists.

Powerful gods

Speaking to the BBC UNICEF’s menstrual hygiene ambassador Shamima Muslim had this to say: “It seems the gods are really powerful aren’t they?''

''Sometimes I think that we need to ask for some form of accountability from these gods who continue to bar a lot of things from happening, to account for how they have used the tremendous power that we have given them.”

The River Ofin serves as a boundary between the Ashanti and Central Region.

Central Regional Minister Kwamena Duncan has given indications he will coordinate with the Ashanti regional minister to find a solution.

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