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06.05.2007 General News

ANY HELPING HAND?

By dailyEXPRESS Newspaper
ANY HELPING HAND?
MAY 6, 2007 GENERAL NEWS

The Efua Sutherland Children's Park was the venue for this year's Annual Easter Party for
Accra's street people.Always well patronised by the target audience, it has been organised by Accra based radio station JoyFM for the last ten (10) years.

For many of the people (other than the street people) who throng the event venue every year it is simply a recurring scene of young and old (unfortunate) people hearty despite their problems and rushing for food.

But the true and rather unfortunate state in which these people find themselves is lost on many
including the state institutions responsible and the numerous NGOs siphoning monies they collect for these people into their own pockets and for the benefit of their already comfortable families.

A night before the last Easter Soup Kitchen, dailyEXPRESS Managing Editor
Stanislav Xoese DOGBE and the Executive Chairman of the Group Mr. C. K. Mensah joined an outreach team (as they've always done for many years now) to invite our disadvantaged brothers and sisters to the program.

Mr. Dogbe observed after the outreach that the number of street people and the conditions of living continues to worsen every year, noting that there also appears to be an increase in the number of young girls with babies.

In a series of reports starting from next Monday's edition, we'll take you into the life and truce
condition of Accra's Real Street People; advocate for assistance programs for them and also recommend possible ways of ensuring that some improvements are brought into their lives.

As pictures that we'll be publishing will show, 95% of them are of Northern extraction, majority of them are young, exposed to vagaries of the weather, are easily susceptible to vices including prostitution & robbery and suffer from various health problems.

Click to see pictures of Accra at night.

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