Anneke Verbraeken is a Dutch investigative journalist, specialised in Great Lakes Region and French-speaking countries in Sub-Sahara Africa.

She started research on the consequences of witchcraft four years ago. She writes for national magazines in The Netherlands and Belgium. She made short documentaries with laurelled South-African filmmaker Joseph Oesi.

She has written a book about Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza (Rwandan politician) and Sylvestre Bwira (DRC human rights activist): The rich don’t die.

Basic information

Anneke Verbraeken
Dutch journalist
Great Lakes Region and French-speaking countries in Sub-Sahara Africa
The Hague

Supported projects

Road 529

  • Armed conflict
  • Economy
  • Security

GOMA - Through the beautiful green hills of North Kivu, a 150-kilometre road winds from the capital Goma to the coltan and cassiterite mining area, road 529. Since 2002, efforts have been made to rehabilitate the road, which runs through one of the most dangerous areas in the world.

I put a spell on you. How witchcraft corrodes the African economy and society

  • Corruption
  • Culture
  • Economy
  • Organised crime

YAOUNDE -  "Under the guise of witchcraft people are tortured, murdered and development money is wasted. But local governments and international aid organisations remain passive," write Alberique Houndjo (Benin), Chief Bisong Etahoben (Cameroon), Fidelis Mac-Leva (Nigeria), Anneke Verbraeken (The Netherlands).