The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection set out a pilot project to take off children from the street of Accra on 18th May, 2016. The ministry spearheaded the initiative in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and the Greater Accra Regional Police Command.
34 Minors (11 females and 23 males) taken out from the street on the first day of the exercise. The children were temporarily housed at the centre for abused children of the Department of Social Welfare, Madina where they are were taken care of.
Unfortunately, this did not last long.
According, to one of the children by name John, they escaped from the temporary home when they were allowed to play some games around the compound. He added that some also escaped when the security men who were supposed to look after them slept at night.
Another child making a living on the street said she slept with men of all ages. She said people with big cars come at night to patronise her services and maltreated her when they brought her back in the morning.
A mysterious boy dressed in girls’ clothes who nicknamed himself “Kwadwo beseai” said he is a gay and give his services to his friends.
The security men at the Silver Star tower at Airport Residential Area, a haven for some children, cane the children with belts when they come around to sleep in their green grass for fear of them breaking into the tower they are looking after at night.
There are many more children on the streets that the first phase of the ministry’s initiative did not cover, and that number keeps growing by the day. If the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has left the children on the street of Accra after they broke out of the temporary house without any actions embarked on where does the future the Ghanaian child go from now?
By: Hamidu Abdul- Lateef (Dip1)
Nana Akua Agyei (Dip1)