Beggars on the streets of Accra say they are going through hell because of harsh economic conditions in the country.
“I am only surviving now by the grace of God, it’s not easy. Getting food to eat now is a serious problem as people who used to give us money here now pass by without even dropping a pesewa,” 80-year-old Alhaji Yusuf, who begs for alms around the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, told Business Guide in an interview.
Other beggars at Kwame Nkrumah Circle said life had become unbearable for them as a result of the recent astronomical increases in utility tariffs and prices of petroleum products.
Abdul Ramah, 75, who is physically-challenged and begs for alms on the Circle Overpass, said “I sit here without any passersby bothering to even look at me. Previously, I used to get something good but things are different nowadays. No money, my brother.
“My major worry now is that when I fall sick I wouldn’t have any medical care because I don’t have anyone to take care of me. In fact, I am not getting money but I have to come anyway,” he stated.
With three children and a wife to support, Mr. Rama said employed people were also complaining about the harsh economic conditions.
Musa Adamu, a 34-year-old amputee with three kids and wife, said he cannot support his family due to the development.
He therefore called on government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to come to their rescue.