Today, something very interesting happened on my way back home from town. You know in Ghana today, the mental institutions are filled to capacity with “people” and so therefore, there is no space to house more and the Government has not yet done anything about the plight of the “Crazies.” (Actually, we have just 2 mental institutions in Accra for a population of over 4 million people in the Nation’s Capital). What are the politicians we voted in power doing about Mental Health? I wonder guys..
Pathetic? Yes, I know right and so therefore, we have lunatics or mentally-challenged people roaming the streets of Accra. They bath on the highways, walk around stark naked, cross the roads indiscriminately, attack people on sidewalks and steal food from the food vendors. They can be found almost under any flyover or overheads in Accra (So much for Tourism Promotion?)
Yes. So today, I was walking and as usual, I came across a “mad man” walking in the opposite direction towards me. My inner self had this sorta prompting and so I crossed the street to the other side. There was a woman carrying bags walking behind me before I crossed the street, I did not know this until I had actually crossed. The “mad man” was talking to himself and throwing his hands about in the air. On getting close to the woman, he pressed her boobs.
Like Seriously, I was spell-bounded, shocked- any word in the dictionary which is synonymous to surprise could be used to describe that moment. A supposedly “mad person” knows where the soft spots of a woman is. Really? Seriously?
The victim of this ungodly act dropped her bags immediately and she started hurling insults at the “mad man” and all the “mad man” could do was to make faces and do “Bronx cheers” at her.
I watched closely and observed everything and a lot of questions were popping up in my head very quickly. “What if He slapped her?” “What if he was holding a sharp object like a knife?” “What if he forcibly grabbed the woman and tried to do something silly?” “What if this happened at night?” The “What Ifs” were many. I have actually heard of a sad story where the “mad man” gave a heavy unprovoked slap to a man walking by. The slap was so heavy, the victim lost some teeth.
Its very dangerous to have these characters roaming the streets of Accra and I am hoping the Authorities step up and do something about this menace. It may be just a fondle, but you never know what it will be the next time?” and my only advice to my readers, is this:
If you are ever walking, and you meet this “kinda people”. Just cross the street to the other side. It is for your own safety. Don’t try walking by them. They can do you a lot of harm. Its very important!
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