Malnourished and barely able to stand straight from exhaustion, a young boy who is just 11 years old is forced to hawk meat under the scorching sun, bearing down mercilessly upon his small frame, in Ikotun Market, Ikotun LGA. Indeed his plight is pitiable and we are moved to such empathy when he tearfully narrates his ordeal at the hands of his guardian. According to the child, he is taken from his home in Ibadan by his meat seller guardian, who puts him to work right away, hawking meat.
His plight is a heartrending one as the injustice meted out to him is made all the more glaring when we discover that his guardian’s own children are in school. Rather than taking care of the young boy entrusted in his care, the guardian denies his ward of any form of education and exploits him for material gains.
The scourge of child hawking is vividly captured by Mercy Osuya for Happenings TV in this heartbreaking video.
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