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Child Poverty Photos

The urban environment is increasingly becoming unfriendly to children in poverty. Millions of children are exposed to extreme poverty in urban Africa. A lot of them are forced to the margins of society, where they suffer severe shelter deprivation. Thousands engage in risky livelihoods that are dangerous to their current and future health. Urban Poor […]

March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020

14 Min read time

Smiling urban poor boy: 15 years old Kwabena — nicknamed Sugar Daddy — is a child labourer at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

The urban environment is increasingly becoming unfriendly to children in poverty. Millions of children are exposed to extreme poverty in urban Africa. A lot of them are forced to the margins of society, where they suffer severe shelter deprivation. Thousands engage in risky livelihoods that are dangerous to their current and future health. Urban Poor […]

The urban environment is increasingly becoming unfriendly to children in poverty. Millions of children are exposed to extreme poverty in urban Africa. A lot of them are forced to the margins of society, where they suffer severe shelter deprivation. Thousands engage in risky livelihoods that are dangerous to their current and future health.

Urban Poor

Kwabena is 15 years, and he’s a child labourer at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. He regularly uses his hands, stones, and hammers to break apart old television sets to recover the iron materials inside, exposing him to dangerous levels of lead. The retrieved iron materials are weighted and sold for GH₵1 (around $0.18) per kilo. This has emerged as a major livelihood strategy for many children, some of whom travel from far and wide, to the center of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

Check out the article below to see details and more photos of this situation.

Children of Agbogbloshie: Malik, Adama and Twum

Urban Outcasts: Children of Agbogbloshie

See hazardous child labour at Agbogbloshie and a missing child found through this article.


© 2020 Muntaka Chasant

March 29, 2020

14 Min read time

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