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General News of Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Source: Benabi Discovery

I'm addicted to tramadol, weed and other drugs - Street boy begs for help

The journey of life they say comes with so much twists and turns; so complex for the less fortunate.

Benabi discovery chanced on young Ernest Ashatey, who became a street child at a tender age of nine years. Ernest, a native of Dodowa, narrating his rather sad story, mentioned that he left home as a result of ill-treatment and abuse meted out to him by a supposed stepmother.

Ernest eventually got hold of her working capital, a sum of thousand Ghana Cedis. "This was what I came to the street with," he said.

Having received training from Elijah, a senior colleague, Ernest Ashatey seems to know the streets better.

However, he is of the hope to vacate the streets in no time, but on condition that a philanthropist or any humanitarian advocate comes his way.

Ernest was asked if he engages in drugs, and he responded in the affirmative. "I take in Tramadol, weed, and 225, but I don't take in alcohol", he said.

But he doesn't play around the ladies, only he's done one or two before, he mentioned.

Ernest Ashatey, just like any of his colleagues, seems to be going through very challenging and risky times on the streets, having nowhere to put their heads even as the raindrops.

Ernest has a desire to be a great footballer, and perhaps join the National team, but that can only manifest if a good samaritan reaches out to him.

These were his words, even as the interview came to a close.

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