A ten years old lad, who gave his name as Abad and has never been to school was spotted in a gutter, gathering nails and iron fillings just to eke out a living in Abuja.
The lad who barely understood English language, revealed in Hausa that after every heavy downpour, flowing water carries the iron fillings through the gutters among the debris it washes away.
Abad, who cared less about contracting diseases or sustaining injuries from swimming in gutters for his unhygienic hustle, is just one out of many Almajiri lads who go through degrading and dehumanizing struggle to feed even in the midst of surplus of influential socialites.
Recall, a report from UNICEF stated that;
One in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school.
In the north of the country, the picture is even bleaker, with a net attendance rate of 53 percent.