A resident of the Gambaga camp for alleged witches winnows dawa dawa, the seeds and pollen of which are an important seasonal staple food. Food preparation is time consuming, and takes much of the day. The diet of the village residents are primarily vegetarian, and heavily starch-based, as most of them can rarely afford meat. The belief in witchcraft is widespread and deeply, rooted in Ghana, and the notion that a person has been cursed or bewitched is used to explain all manner of unfortunate occurrences. The vast majority of those accused of being witches are women, often vulnerable elderly widows. Women ostracised by their communities might find shelter at a 'witch camp' – part sanctuary, part prison.