Celebrating Day of the African Child with drums, in costumes fashioned themselves and with a song of their own composition in Krio and Mende - way to go kids, mightily impressed - the kids from Mama Mayila's Cradle present acehle-achele-achele:
“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen – good afternoon you don’t know us but we’re orphans – we entertain and we celebrate in this town - we’re the number one
Biaa na (Mende greeting)
We’re the orphanage culture - we’re the ones who (sabi) know singing, know moving, know shaking
Back at Mama Mayila's Cradle and a quick change of outfits later the kids are ready for the more serious reason behind African Child Day the rights that children have and too often don't.
Looking at these beautiful kids in their beautiful outfits bearing such beautiful smiles it's hard to credit the hardships they've suffered whether having to sell water in the streets rather than go to school, being beaten if not enough was sold, constantly at risk of sexual exploitation, single mums breaking stones and unable to support their child, these children overcome their disadvantages every day.
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