So there I am, walking in town, trying to reach my stage quickly so i can beat the jam I know will be there and that’s when the begger caught my eye. An old crippled lady, probably 70-something years old, dragging herself across the street to a group of middle-aged men sitted outside some m-pesa shop. She reaches out her cup, asking for a few coins and guess what? The men completely ignore her existance! If that’s not enough insult, one of the men chucks 20bob from his pocket and makes as if to give the old lady,only to pass it to his friend, laughing. What inhumanity! You could have just said you had nothing.
This, people, is the country we live in. So am calling out to all teenagers, Kenya’s future, to change this mentality. No beggar pretends. If they are begging, it’s because they don’t have what they need. It’s not always ‘laziness’ like most Kenyans like to claim. Help when you can and say when you can’t. You’d be suprised at how the tables can turn and you find yourself on the other side of the begging cup. So own up to your name as a human with a little bit of humanity.
By: Joan Rangara