Lydia Forson rescues 12-years-old from slavery

Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has rescued a

child who was sold by his parents to engage in

child labour at Gasoekope. There are many of

such kids who are not attaining the life they are

expected to live but are going through trauma.

This boy whose name is only known as

Emmanuel was fortunate to meet actress Lydia

Forson according to a report by News One.

Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, has facilitated

the rescue of a 12-year-old boy who had been

forced into child labour at Gasoekope, a village

surrounded by water in the Volta Region.

The boy, who gave his name as Emmanuel, said

he was taken from his mother at Tema near

Accra to the Volta Region where he was forced

into child labour, together with several other

children brought from other parts of the


Emmanuel, at a point, could not take the

treatment meted out to him and the other

trafficked children and therefore escaped from

the village, thinking he could find his way back

to Tema.

The young boy however got lost within the

cluster of villages in the area and was stuck

because the whole vicinity was surrounded by

water. He was wandering on the banks of the

Volta River when he met Lydia Forson.

The actress was in the Volta Region for an

outreach programme to rescue children

trafficked to the area.

She was working in collaboration with Right To

Be Free, an organisation owned by Eric Peasah.

Lydia Forson told NEWS-ONE yesterday that the

boy was standing at the shore waiting for an

available boat to get in when they found him.

"Our boat was the only available boat. He was

afraid to tell us he was running away so he lied

that he wanted a lift to the neighbouring village.

He didn't know who we were and we saw he was

afraid because he was lost and didn't want to

say it.

"We took him with us and in the boat we

questioned him. When we were far from the

village he finally opened up a little. When we got

to Kpando, he tried to escape from us, so he

started panicking and wouldn't talk.

"But we spoke to his master, reported it to the

police and social welfare and took him with us.

He finally started relaxing by the third day when

he saw we were leaving Kpando. All he kept

saying was he didn't want to work on the water

and he wanted his mum," Lydia explained.

She said the boy is currently at the Osu

Children's Home in Accra undergoing a process

to reunite him with his mother.

The beautiful actress relinquished her celebrity

lifestyle of makeup and other special treatments

to spend three days in the region to scout for

the trafficked children.

She visited villages like Gasoekope, Koala DDT,

Adzaboso and Abionikope via boat for three

days. She said all the children they met did not

talk unless their masters allowed them to. They

always had their heads bowed down and were


"This year, our vision is to rescue 20 children

who have been sold or trafficked to be used for

labour. The plan is to visit the villages, talk to

the chiefs and 'owners' of these children to

convince them to release the children. We have

to make three visits per village and after that

when we get the children we reunite them with

their parents, and where the parents can't take

care of them we support the families. And also

try to find for the fishermen alternative

methods to fishing that won't require them

using children in this dangerous water," Lydia



Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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