Duck-faced Rape by a Quack Doctor

“Dude…I have to go get duck-faced this afternoon.’

“Dude, are you serious?”

“Yeah man. It’s that time of year.”

“I guess that means it’s almost time for me to get duck-lipped too.”

“Yup.”

“Well, don’t let me know how it does. I hate that thing man. It’s so – weird.”

“Hahaha!! Alright. Talk to you later.”

*Click*

That’s a conversation my sister and I used to have every year when it was time for our annual pap smear. We call it getting “duck-faced” or “duck-lipped” because of the cold metal apparatus that the OB/GYN inserts into the vaginal opening in order to get a swap. It literally looks like the bill of a mallard duck. As much as we kvetch and complain about having our insides probed and prodded, we understand that getting an annual exam is an important part of monitoring our health as women. We live by the motto that prevention is better than cure. Unquestionably, prevention saves you a lot of money, and my sister and I are unabashedly frugal.

As citizens and residents of the United States of America, we also have come to understand that we are very fortunate to enjoy the healthcare options available to us at this stage in our lives. I never heard about pap smears or vaginal exams as a teenager growing up in Ghana. I was never taken to a doctor for any sort of annual exam, save for that one time I nearly died from malaria. The one time I read about breast examinations was when I picked up a Cosmo magazine from the desk of a friend who had access to foreign magazines in those days. I grew up woefully unaware about the need to care watch over those parts of my body: the budding breasts that men stared at and this vagina that a baby would one day be expected to be delivered from.

What I did grow up with was a healthy dose of shame. Shame plays a major role in every facet of Ghanaian society.

Heh! You failed your exams! Oh shame!

Oh don’t mind that foolish boy. I know he stole my KK Kabobo cassette tape. He can’t even look at my face because he is ashamed!

You see that small girl walking? She’s trying to hide her pregnancy. 33n kraa, I’m sure she is ashamed.

With a population obsessed with and fed such high dosages of shame, the only logical step would be to do as much possible to cover the stain of your offences. I imagine that this is why this quack doctor in Ghana was able to coerce hundreds of victims into the act of “consensual rape”, if such a thing even exists.

What on earth are you talking about, Malaka, you ask. What sort of foolishness is “consensual rape??”

Well, in early October a friend of mine inboxed me a link and asked me to watch it. Being warned that it contained footage of a “doctor” who was raping his patients, it took me well over a month to gather the stones to view it. I’m irrationally sensitive when it comes to sexual violence against women and children. I lied to her, telling her that I had seen it and it was indeed sick. But it wasn’t until last week when I saw with my own eyes how disgustingly heartless Dr. Joshua Drah actually is. If you care to have your stomach turned, you can watch his sadism in action by clicking this link:

Abortionist rapes patients

His victims are young women who look to be in their early to mid-twenties. It is estimated that he has performed countless thousands of illegal abortions in the 10 years his clinic has been in operation. Before any medical procedure is performed, the patient is required to pay a fee of GhC50 – 100 ($26 – 52) upfront. Once inside a dark and dingy room at the rear of this clinic, ‘Dr’ Drah begins his examination of the patient. He never has any other medical staff assisting him. Soon and quite suddenly, the girls go from patients to victims.

Explaining that their “things” are too tight for the fetus to come through, and that the only way to open it up would be to have sex with them. Instinctively, the girls know that this can’t be right and object. One girl wept, shouting “no, no!”. Not so easily dissuaded, Drah shames her into submission, asking her if it’s not the same sexual act that led to her unwanted pregnancy anyway? What would be the difference? He mutters something about a “membrane” and an “opening” and mere seconds later he is penetrating her – without protection, might I add. I nauseously watched him empty his semen into one of his victims before pulling up a stool, spreading her legs, and yanking a fetus out with some unsterilized metal object that was sitting in a plastic bucket on the floor next to him.

No one really knows how many of his victims have died from complications following his botched operations. My heart aches for these young women who have been so utterly degraded. I can only imagine how frightened they must have felt: going in for a procedure that is already deemed a sin but seeing it as the only course to preserve your honor, only to be violated even further. For some, this will have been the first medical procedure they have ever had. For others yet still, it will have been the last, as death waits for them on the other end of Drah’s forceps. None of them could have imagined what they would face that day.

My BFFFL Nana Darkoa will be doing a write up on Dr. Drah and the system that allowed him to flourish for so long. There are many issues at play, which she will discuss in great detail. The two that anger me the most are the lack of education and the abundance of shame. If Ghana is to achieve any sort of prominence in the new century, we would do well to experience more of one and less of the other.

Hopefully, this will be a lesson for all young women in the country. The title of doctor, lawyer, officer, or whatever does not give another human being the right to violate you in any regard. Run, scream, make noise, tell someone! You are not responsible for the burden of blame.

 

Side note: Ghana reporters. The music. Really? We’re not watching a concert. We’re witnessing a crime! Yesu…

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8 responses to “Duck-faced Rape by a Quack Doctor

  1. This is appalling. Absolutely appalling! And it made me even angrier to read the racist comments posted as a response to the video. I’m just really angry right now. At this doctor, at the racist idiots implying that we Africans are savages and the world we are forced to live in that condones such injustices.

    • Did you see the comment from the guy who said “I like the work that you do doctor. How can I work with you?”

      People have no decency.

      The racist comments were awful, but I’m more enraged with the system that allowed him to operate unchecked for this long. And guess what? He was given bail not too long ago. He’s free to walk the streets after what he’s done to these women! Screw the racists: we Africans have to get our priorities in order!

  2. i can’t believe this! OMG! These poor young women! I could not finish watching the footage! Oh Lord!

    • I don’t think the authorities are taking this seriously at all!

      1) They let him out on bail when people are locked up for years for stealing cell phones and t-shirts.
      2) The officer at the end if the footage warned Drah by saying they were going to call his wife! So that she can do what? Come and cry on him? I was and am disgusted.

  3. Malaka this story is excellent to be told so that the horendous activities of this monster quack doctor can be exposed to the world but I blame you for making me watch a highly ponorgraphic clip which is totally against my faith and averse to my own understanding of what is suitable for dissemination and public consumption. This fiendish doctor is the African equivalent of Adolf Hitler. What’s the diffrence if he is not? They both have commited genocide in their respective sickening ways. Please Malaka get rid of that repugnant video clip from your website.

    • I warned everyone about the video. What do you think happens during a rape? The guy sits down and offers the girl biscuits?

      I’m not getting rid of anything. This would be a good time to let you know that Mind of Malaka is not a blog for every reader. If you can’t handle it, stay off our URL.

  4. You’re just like me Malaka, i didn’t watch this when it came out because I didn’t think I could stomach it. When I watched it last 2 weeks, I felt as if someone had stabbed me in the stomach. Immediately, my heart started bleeding for the poor young women involved in this and also the babies that were killed. My heart bled for them because as a young Ghanaian woman, I know that I could easily be in that situation. In fact, there was a time in my uni days when i suspected I was pregnant (i was actually not) and i started searching for ways that i could have an abortion. We as a people need to be more compassionate towards our women. When someone gets pregnant out of wedlock, society should not make her feel ashamed and ostracized. Even if the act that led to wedlock was wrong, at least it has brought about a beautiful baby.my own sister had a baby out of wedlock and the way that my very ‘chrife’ parents embraced her and drew her and her baby close to them made my sister feel loved and cherished through those painful times. Now, the baby has grown up to be a beautiful young lady and is top of her class! I’m sure if these girls had parents and family who’d accept them and their children, they would not have aborted. Moreover, we must train our sons to be responsible so that when they impregnate a woman, they’ll face up to their responsibilities. Finally, contraceptives should be readily available to all. We’re not encouraging an ‘immoral’ lifestyle but we have to be real that not everyone would be able to abstain. Thank you and God bless you for the good work in writing about these issues.

    • I completely agree with you! If our society accepts that we are ALL flawed and let’s the most vulnerable of us know that “hey, even if you mess up, we’ll be here to support you” we could save ourselves a lot of heartache.

      And I’m so glad you brought up the role of men and boys! Missing from this conversation from rights to choose and rights to life are the very people responsible for the pregnancy in the first place: some guy somewhere! Men need to learn to own up and step up. A woman didn’t get pregnant on her own, and the baby is not hers to deal with on her own either.

      I hope as you do that we can all change for the better.

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