left to die: forgotten street children of calabar
This is an investigative Report by We the People into the drivers and circumstances of over 500 children who live on the streets of Calabar. The females are called ‘Lacasera girls’, a reference to their availability for sexual activities at the cost of a Lacasera drink. The boys are called ‘Skolombo’ roughly translating crackhead or psychopath. In reality, these are kids driven to the streets by witchcraft branding, and poor parenting. They grow on the streets without any adult supervision, skills, income, education or moral bearing. They are exposed to exploitation by criminal gangs and pedophiles. They procreate and raise kids who know no other life beyond the streets. Sometimes they are murdered. Unfortunately, the government of Cross River state has failed to enforce its own Child Rights Law which holds the promise of checking the trend.