A Traditional healer has been arrested for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant in Guinea.
N’na Fanta Camara reportedly gave her clients who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant.
Some of her victims were reported looking pregnant for 12 to 16 months.
According to BBC, she charges her clients $33 (£24) each, in a country where the average monthly wage is around $48 (£35).
Police believe Ms. Camara made thousands of dollars a month, despite the claims that her aim was only to help the women.
“I work very hard to help [the women] realise their dream but the rest is in the hands of God,” she told reporters in Conakry.
On Tuesday, more than 200 women stormed the police station in the Guinean capital of Conakry where Ms. Camara was held, to protest.
It was also reported that over 700 women aged 17 to 45 are believed to have been affected by Ms. Camara’s pregnancy “cure”.
“It’s been a year now since we first went to see this woman,” one of the protesters told the BBC’s Alhassan Sillah in Conakry.
“During our first visit, she gave us some medicines of leaves and herbs that made us vomit. She assured us that this was good for us. As one continues to take these medicines, the stomach starts to rise a bit.
“After a while, we visited again, she examined us by just touching our bellies and she declared us pregnant.”
The women added that Ms. Camara told them not to go to a doctor, and once she declared them pregnant, they were expected to give her a chicken and fabrics in thanks.
So far a police doctor has examined 47 of the affected women and said they risked long-term complications from the treatment.
N’na Fanta Camara is expected to be charged soon with endangering people’s lives through fraudulent means.