The Village Where Childbirth Is Not Allowed


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Hannah Kosinah is pregnant with her third child and when labour comes, she must be taken outside the village to have her baby.

Hannah lives in the Ghanaian village of Mamfe Dove, where no one who lives there was born there. According to the elders of the village, one of the rules of living in the village is ‘no childbirth’, as it may offend the gods.

“When our fore-fathers came to this land, there was a voice from heaven that said: ‘if you want to stay on this land, it is a holy ground and there are rules. The rules of the land are that, no one should give birth here, no one should rear animals here and no one should be buried here,” the village elder told BBC Africa.

Many pregnant women of Mamfe Dove have had to walk long hours, even while in labour, to get out of their village and have their babies.

“I really suffered having my first child. I struggled to get a car to take me to another village to give birth. I had my second in another village too. Now there is a clinic nearby, I’ll go there to have my third,” Hannah, who wants the law to be abolished in her village as surrounding villages have abolished the law and allows their pregnant women have their babies in the village.

Watch Hannah speak here

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  1. Dolcetti Annabel

    Dolcetti Annabel

    March 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Then who lives there???

  2. Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    Akinloluwa Tobiloba

    March 18, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I guess people dere doesn’t like good things

  3. Rita Nelson-Ebimie

    Rita Nelson-Ebimie

    March 18, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Thought i have seen it all whatttttttt a tradition😳
    The elders saying the land is a holy ground are even the ones that have done terrible things to soil the land🙄🙄 Smh

  4. Chidinma Onyekwuruje Chidinma

    Chidinma Onyekwuruje Chidinma

    March 18, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Hummmm how is dis possible? Children are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Dey mks everywhere dey are glows! I can’t imagine an environment what out children ooooh

  5. Uyi Jenny Ebohon

    Uyi Jenny Ebohon

    March 18, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    What kínd of gods get offended by child bearing?

  6. Favour Amarachi Emmanuel

    Favour Amarachi Emmanuel

    March 18, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    So why are they getting pregnant if child birth is not allowed there?

  7. Chizoba Emma

    Chizoba Emma

    March 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Are you serious, strange

  8. Amos-Semasa Moraiah Damilola

    Amos-Semasa Moraiah Damilola

    March 18, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    So childbirth is unholy?
    Why is sex holy to them then?
    What if the said tradition is obtainable in nearby villages?

  9. Balogun Omowumi Elizabeth

    Balogun Omowumi Elizabeth

    March 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Then you people should stop having sex on the land too

  10. Oluseyi Ogunlowo Oladipo

    Oluseyi Ogunlowo Oladipo

    March 18, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    What how why are people still doing there

  11. Juliette Johnson

    Juliette Johnson

    March 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Lol this tradition Is funny..but they can have sex there and the gods won’t be angry

  12. Williamsvivian Chinenye

    Williamsvivian Chinenye

    March 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm


  13. Love Benedy

    Love Benedy

    March 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    So why is mating allowed since child bearing is not allowed ?

  14. Margaret Ilo

    Margaret Ilo

    March 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Na wah!

  15. Mummy Hafsat

    Mummy Hafsat

    March 18, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Child birth not allowed?

  16. Oyibo Cassandra Edesiri

    Oyibo Cassandra Edesiri

    March 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Hmm this is really strange. O. What a tradition

  17. Obiageri Ugboaja Okere

    Obiageri Ugboaja Okere

    March 18, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Pls which planet this village is located??????

  18. Adesagbon Osarenokese

    Adesagbon Osarenokese

    March 18, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    What’s the role of the men responsible for the pregnancies?


  19. Cherry Betty

    Cherry Betty

    March 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Which kind of tradition be this? Africa too like evil tradition

  20. Oluchi Akabuogu

    Oluchi Akabuogu

    March 18, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I think those people fell from above, they didn’t give birth to them

  21. Judith Nkiruka Asonye

    Judith Nkiruka Asonye

    March 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    That’s ridiculous though! Weird!

  22. Nkechi Anaba

    Nkechi Anaba

    March 18, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    But sex is allowed right? You go fear na

  23. Chinwe Nwokike Ikoh

    Chinwe Nwokike Ikoh

    March 19, 2019 at 6:57 am

    things dey dis world sha ooo

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