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Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps. Brennan Manning “Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.” ― Brennan Manning Urban Poverty in Ghana Ms. Elizabeth is a poor woman who engages in petty-labour in order to survive in Accra’s harsh […]

March 30, 2020

Urban Poverty: Poor Woman Crying Photo in Accra, Ghana. Around 55% of women in Ghana are in informal employment in urban areas. More than 46% of women in Ghana did not attend school because their families did not allow schooling, according to a 2016 report by the Ghana Statistical Services. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps. Brennan Manning “Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.” ― Brennan Manning Urban Poverty in Ghana Ms. Elizabeth is a poor woman who engages in petty-labour in order to survive in Accra’s harsh […]

Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.

Brennan Manning

“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.” ― Brennan Manning

Urban Poverty in Ghana

Ms. Elizabeth is a poor woman who engages in petty-labour in order to survive in Accra’s harsh urban environment.

For now, she sells sachet water, a 500ml purified water packed in plastic bags that are sold on the street. She carries the plastic-bagged water in a silver pan on her head throughout the day.

Why was the Poor Woman Crying?

Ms. Elizabeth had earlier spotted me tracking down Malik, a former missing child, inside the Agbogbloshie Scrapyard.

Read the story below to get up to speed on the missing child 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.


We bumped into each other again later after I found Malik. Other child urban miners had gathered around Malik and me, so she stopped to have a word with them.

Ms. Elizabeth started shedding tears as she narrated some rough periods of extreme poverty. In the picture above, she was encouraging Jnr, a 15 years old child labourer with a prosthetic eye, to go to school.

“I’m sure that my life wouldn’t have turned out this way [selling sachet water] if I had an education,” she told Jnr as the second bout of tears were forming in her eyes.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, she told stories of how she is so poor that she goes to bed hungry some nights.

I plan to work on Ms. Elizabeth’s heartrending story sometime in the future when time permits.

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