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Denu market, home of children of school going age

Information gathered by indicates that children of school going age are now using the Denu Hedzranawo market as their homes.

These children cook, bath and sleep in the market everyday with little intention of going back to their parents.

A visit by Fafaa FM to the market at Denu in the Ketu South Municipality revealed these children are all of school going age between nine and twelve.

The Assembly man for the area, Hon. David Tetteh in an interview with Fafaa FM to answer some question about this development said it is an age long problem and lamented about the attitude of these children.

According to him, he interrogated these children on countless occasions to ascertain what might have happened in there various homes for them to sort refuge in the market.

He said some of these children told him they are orphans with no home but his check revealed they are not because some have parents who are well to do teachers.

“This problem is really a problem of concern. I personally interrogated these children and they told me they are orphans which turned out to be untrue after my investigations. Some have parents who are teachers and are doing well”, he told Fafaa FM.

Mr. Tetteh noted that these children are not only from Denu but from Tokor, Adina, Aflao, Atiwuta, Kpoglo and Dzodze.

He said even the engagement of police some times does not help in curtailing the problem.

“Sometimes we involve police to force these children back to their parents but this yield no fruitful result because they find their way back to the market in no time”, He lamented.

A ticket collector in the market, Mr. Daniel Akpaglo also spoke to Fafaa FM on the issue adding that these children are not only using the market as their homes but they are sometimes used by thieves for stealing items from and around the market.

He also said they even defecate in the market, a behavior which gets market women scared because they thought someone is trying to harm them spiritually.

“These children are using the market as their homes. That is not all. The scary one is, they defecate at places where market women sell their goods which gets these women scared of spiritual attack. They are thieves too and will one day become hardened criminals if the situation is left unattended to”, he told Fafaa FM.

He therefore pleaded with the police to come to their aid by arresting these children every market day as he believed this is the only solution to the problem.


By:Fafaali Bobobie/Ghana/


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