A Facebook user has just taken to his profile to share his experience with a 12-year-old orphan, Emmanuel. According to Mitchell Udezueh, he narrated how he met the young boy at mini mart buying half bag of pure water.
Uduezueh added that, the boy left after his first purchase but came back to buy another half bag late at night and this got him worried.
At this point he decided to chat with Emmanuel who disclosed that his parents are dead but lives with a family relation. When asked if he had eaten all day, he said he ate plantain in the morning and nothing else.
Udezueh said he bought the boy snacks and drink and told him to eat it before going home. His Facebook’s post reads:
“Contributed by uzoegwu louis. He couldn't hold his tears. Who would blame him, - For he's just a boy of about 12 years old. I have seen him before at this mini-mart, where I sometimes chill briefly in the evening before I headed home. The first time I saw him, he came to buy a bag and half of sachet water he hawks through the evening. And shortly after he left for the first sales, he came back to purchase another bag and half after he must had finished the first set of hawking. I paid no attention to him at first, maybe because he wasn't the only child coming back and forth to buy a bag of sachet water to hawk. It was just yesterday, still in the same mini-mart, that the same boy came to buy another set of sachet water as usual. He bought the first set and left to hawk. I paid no attention still. After about thirty to forty minutes later or thereabout, he came back once more to buy another set. By then, I was already prepared to take my leave, and simultaneously, the mini-mart keeper (my friend) had already begun to shut down for the day, and If I'd recall succinctly, the time was barely 10 minutes to eight (7:50 pm). This time, I was alarmed when I saw him back for more. I pondered within myself - how can this boy still be outside at this time of the night, and having returned to buy more, I envisioned that before he sells out, the time will elapse pass eight or to nine. I told my friend, the mini-mart keeper, - " I don't think any living parent will allow their ward outside, at this time, in a cold weather, to come and be hawking 'pure water' at a busy Junction every evening." Instantaneously, I called the boy inside the mini-mart for some find outs. Considering time lateness and the boy's situation, I had to break the conversation, so i interjected. "Let him go, return his change and let him have the money for another trip of hawking. Give him snacks and a can of Coca-Cola drink". I directed my friend. As she handed the boy the snacks and a can of Coca-Cola, I told him. Nna, sit down somewhere and eat them, once you are done, complete your sales and head home. I will see you tomorrow. With his already filled basin of sachet water on his head and the snacks given to him, he left. I took a picture of him while filling his basin, I wanted to take a Picture of him when he was crying but I couldn't. I was emotional and I had thought to myself,--"who does that, taking a picture of an orphan child crying over his lost parents". Since yesterday's night through this day, I have continued to meditate on this boy and so many of his kind out there, who are being used in the name of maid or house help to slave for their masters and guidances. My thoughts are with him and with many of them out there who are suffering due to one inexplicable, unforeseen agony they found themselves in by fate. The shame is on those who uses a human being as a slave in the name of maid or house help. Soon, the wrath of the most high. And to the rest of us reading this, I hope we do more. This evening, I hope to meet him again, find out more about him, and by every slightest means, I will continue to do my best. Let’s live.”
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