Children hawkers hit Yaounde streets as summer holidays begin.
By Tamfu Meliva Kuyaa*
Unlike in the past when children followed their parents to the farms every day during the holidays, today, the story is different.
It's the summer holidays in the country and many children have taken to the streets to fend for themselves. Some are have engaging in small business ventures to help their parents to prepare for the next school year. At the Nsam market in Yaounde, we found children everywhere hawking on the streets for survival.
Though it is very dangerous for them as we often hear stories of children being kidnapped, raped or being victims of accidents, staying at home is not an option for most of them.
During a conversation with one of the children on the streets of Nsam, 13-year-old Ali, who is a watermelon vendor in the said " I don't sell the watermelon for my mother or anybody but for myself".
He went on to explain that his mother buys the watermelon in bulk for him at the Mfoundi market in Yaounde.
He said he does the business every holidays stating that