Photos: The inspiring story of a 10-year-old begger in Ghana

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Few days ago, Josephine Yartel from Ghana
shared this touching story of her encounter with
a young begger name Leila. Read below:

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“Today i made a new friend…she is Leila…one
of those Fulani’s from Mali who beg for money
in front of Accra mall
she approached me n smiled n spoke pidgin:
antyy make u give me money make i buy food
chop’..then i smiled back n said i hv not eaten
since morn myself..
she asked if its true …i said yhh…then she
handed me all the coins she had in hand…i
asked if she is sure i can use the money…she
said yh i cld…so i counted n it ws js 1cedi
10p…told her it wont be enough…she asked me
to wait for a min…she went to check wher she
keeps her money n brot about 4cedis…then she
said 5cds shd be enough to buy rice…n i told
her i wld need water…she then asked me to
wait so she begs ppl for money for me…after
abt 10mins, (was waiting for someone)..she
came back with 50p from her bro n said she can
direct me to a canteen…i followed her…while
engaging her in convo

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Ppl js starred at us…others said i shdnt mind
her…i told them she wasnt begging for money
I distracted her with ques while we waited…she
is js 10yrs
Then i asked why she gave me all the
money…she replied ‘ibi u dey hungry anty, i go
fit beg for money but u no go fit, so jst take
am’…at this point i had tears in my eyes..n i
know ppl were wonderong wht convo we were
hving..
She asked tht i tk fotos of her n with her…
It was tooo sunny so they came out dark…then
when my friend arrived she told her to mk sure i
get food to eat…then i asked her to tk her
money…she looked disappionted n asked why…i
told her i js needed company while i waited…
I’m sure we ol av learnt somtin from this….

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