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General News of Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Mourners 'go wild' under the influence of alcohol, drugs

Ghanaian youth go through various rites of passage that bond them culturally and spiritually to others in society. One such ritual is how they mourn their fellows. Funeral celebration, an old practice, has always been at the heart of public social events of most Ghanaian.

However, the case of some residents at South La Estate is exceptional as they mourn under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They somewhat push them to risk their lives during these moments as some engage in reckless driving, noise making, careless movements, among others.

Cecil Ebow Garbrah, a resident of the area laments this has been the norm anytime a youth dies.

You see them spinning their cars especially if the person is between the ages of 18 and 40,” he says. “They feel this is the right thing they should do. If it is a taxi driver then a taxi will come and spin their vehicles around. If the deceased is a motor rider, all the motor drivers will come together and misbehave’’ he stated.

Mr Garbrah further stated that some mourners go to the extent of smoking and drinking. What is more worrying is the fact that they litter the environment with the cigarette, marijuana and bottles after consuming their preferred volumes.

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