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Almajiris: A tough life without parents

 

The teaming under age Almajiri’s in Bauchi State have revealed that it is getting tougher to continue to live especially without their parents. The Almajiri’s revealed this to New Telegraph in Bauchi in an exclusively interview with some of them.

 

Abdulrahaman Auwalu,10-year-old hailed from Kano State, lamented that he has been celebrating Sallah for past four years without his parents.

 

According to him, his pain is that he cannot even remember the name of his biological mother since he was brought to Bauchi at the age of six. He said he has even forgotten about his roots.

 

For Auwalu, it’s a terrible world out there without the parents’ love and protection. He said, since he was brought to Bauchi, none of his family members or relatives have visited him. “I don’t have Sallah clothes. I rely on people to give me clothes and foods to eat,” he said.

 

Auwalu, who hawked sachet water popularly known as pure water in Bauchi to earn a living added: “I am not happy staying in Bauchi without my parents. I wish my parents would come one day and fetch me back home.”

 

He said the pure water business was not his own but for his madam and he makes nothing from it, alleging that his madam was maltreating him and leaving him without food to eat.

 

In an unhappy mood, Auwalu explained that, “I eat once a day and people used to dash me clothes. My teacher at Gida Dubu, a suburb of Bauchi gives us food once a day and for the remaining day, we have to struggle on our own to survive. I pray the government would intervene and do something about our situation.”

 

Na’asi Isa, an indigene of Katsina State,8-year –old, said he was brought from Katsina to Bauchi two years ago by his father to come and learn Islamic religious knowledge in the olden traditional way.

 

Isa, who is currently learning at Bakin Kura within Bauchi metropolis, acknowledged that life without his parents has been hard and tough on him but expressed optimism that he wants to finish his studies before he would think of going home and reunite with his family.

 

In a happy mood, little Isa explained that it is God that has been giving him food in his case. “I don’t enjoy begging for alms on the streets but it has become part of me for now. I will have to enjoy it. For now, I am comfortable even without my parents.”

 

While narrating his own story to New Telegraph, Dahiru, who cannot recall his father’s name but hailed from Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State, said he depends on begging for survival and have little time for his Islamic studies. Dahiru, 7 years old, told New Telegraph that “whenever, I beg I get food to eat but if I don’t beg, no food for me to eat. Moreover, there is nothing wrong in begging for food to survive. It is stealing that I’ve been taught is bad.”

 

When asked if he is missing his parents, Dahiru replied that he is not missing his parents but would love to go back home and live with them.

 

On his own part, Usman Audu, who gave the name of his father as Malam Audu from Kayeri village in Potiskum, Yobe State, said the challenges he is facing with his studies is the begging part of it, which is consuming much his time, thereby giving him no time to study.

 

Abubakar Ibrahim,7, from Kano State is a student at Tsangaya school Kofar Nasarawa in Bauchi State. All he wished for was to go home and see his parents but that should come after his education.

 

A resident of Gida Dubu Malam Musa Ibrahim told New Telegraph that some of these Almajiris’ situation is very pitiful as some of them have nowhere to sleep and decent clothes to wear.

He said the situation is bad that you see them begging from house to house. Some people welcome them, others chase them away and some use them for menial jobs.

 

He lamented that, “in almost all the streets around, food vendors, restaurants, markets and hotels gates, you will see them hanging and being for alms. Some of them are sick and no one to take care of them.”

 

He explained that some of them sleep in uncompleted buildings that have no windows, doors, bed, mattresses and mat. He added that the children sleep on bear floor, both in hot and cold season, which he believed is not good for their health.

 

He said from his little observation about these children, he noticed that some of the Almajiri’s were orphans who have lost both parents and their relatives cannot take care of them. So, they decided to send them out to the world in the name of education.

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