|Salamatu Seidu is the midwife and In-Charge at Fufulso CHPS-|
© Nana Kofi Acquah at 6/09/2016 08:26:00 am
May the winds and tides favour your every course
May your footprints sparkle with kindness and grace
And may your lips drip each day with balm and honey
May you always find the courage to be true to self
And may the closets of your heart and mind hold light
May your actions end wars and your words bring peace
And may you always bring hope where there is despair.
May you always wear good health like a garment
May you always be able to tell true love from fake
May you only invest your strength in what is fruitful
May you be why someone breaks through in 2016
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(When I asked these guys, members of the same gang, if I could take their photos, the leader said: "Don't bother. When you photograph me, I won't appear on your camera".
(A prostitute drinks a sachet of water, at the entrance to her room)
(A photo of a prostitute's room. It was so dark I had to use a flash and seeing the sandals of her child, arranged along with hers, at the foot of the bed on which she plies her trade was heart breaking. No child must be allowed to grow up under these kinds of circumstances. )
(A child walks past a brothel)
(Prostitution here is purely economics and most of the ladies have other jobs to help them survive.)
(One of the many faces of young men who are heavily addicted to drugs; but with no support systems, his end is quite obvious)
I was chatting up a gang, and one of the guys showed me the tattoo of a pistol on his arm; and told me “We are the Americans of Ghana”. I had never heard that expression before, and I was quite saddened by his comment because I knew he wasn’t talking about being Obama, the first black president of America, but rather the thugs hiphop music often glorifies and main stream media actively portrays as THE image of the young black man in America.
(A woman unties a knot as she gets ready to sell food in her community. Of course, not every woman here works as a prostitute; but most do and quite a number combine it with other regular jobs to help them rise out of poverty and give their children a better future).
(Since I'm not a big fan of tragedies, I will end this post with a portrait I made of Alhaji in Kunbungu, near Tamale. It will break his heart when he learns that quite a number of the young women who migrate from his region end up either being forced by a gang or economics into prostitution just to survive in the big cities of Ghana).
Have a wonderful day.
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