Kid hawkers in Buea; have returned to their normal routine of hawking wares during the holidays. Their chants can be heard around hostels, in the streets of Buea, the Mile 17 Motor Park, and equally in the markets.
Hawking in the markets and around student hostels might be relatively safe to go by, but around the motor park and the streets, it gets dangerous for the kid hawkers. Most of these, less than 10 years old, get to dodge oncoming vehicles at the park. Even crossing the streets of Buea has been made more risky for these hawkers, who now lack the mid-ridge that used to aid their crossing.
As they chant “hot kwacoco”, “boiling egg”, “boiling granut”, “fish rooo”, “akra banana” and lots more, these kids seem to be oblivious to the fact that hawking at their ages might be dangerous, as they are exposed to thefts, rape, accidents and other ills. With their innocent faces, they hurriedly traverse the day, with the view of selling all their wares, and making money for themselves and their families.