Written by Nathasha De Alwis
10 Apr, 2018 | 7:59 pm
A court in Guinea has sentenced a traditional healer who sold herbs and potions to sterile women, telling them they would become pregnant, to 5 years in prison.
The healer, N’na Fanta Camara gave these women a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant. Foreign media reports that her victims and rights groups have said they were disappointed with the sentence and were hoping that she would be jailed for life.
Two other accomplices were convicted of similar charges and were sentenced to three years and four years in prison.
Camara, who was found guilty of fraud and impersonating a doctor by giving the women harmful substances and endangering their lives, was also ordered to pay 165,000 USD in compensation.
Over 700 women aged 17 to 45 are believed to have been affected by Camara’s pregnancy “cure”. Some of the women reported looking pregnant for 12 to 16 months.
A police doctor, who had examined 47 of the affected women, said at the time that they risked long-term complications from the treatment.
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