I spent my annual leave (the past 2 weeks) tracking down the young man in this photo. He is my Personal Savior. _Umaru Sanda Amadu
When I finished JSS in 2003, I had no way forward than to remain as a cowboy and take care of the family cattle. My dad was taking care of our master's cattle and I was herding ours. Senior High School was impossible.
One day, I cried to my mum to go get me a "Nyi kplorvi" (an Ewe cowboy). My mum embarked on that mission to the Volta Region and returned with Doe. He was barely a teenager then but was sent by his parents on this "slave mission" as was common then.
Doe was to take care of the cattle for 4 years after which he would earn a calf. He got his calf. I got my SSS Certificate. At the time, I was benefitting from child slavery without knowing it.
Today, I know. And with regret written all over my face, I went on a mission to find him. To my pleasant surprise, Doe's calf has not only multiplied, he has also obtained a Senior Technical School Certificate.
In addition, he has learnt to be an electrician, a plumber and a barber. I've asked him to draw a future plan and let me know what I can do to help. This boy became dirty, so I may become clean. I can't thank him enough.
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