Leona Forbes waited outside of Hugo Boss. Alan was late. She hated waiting.
“Sorry, I’m late.”
She turned round, gasping when she saw the African child with him. “Who’s this?”
“Obasi. He was working in a mine to pay for his school fees but I offered to pay them.”
“Why can’t his family do that?”
“They can’t afford to.”
“And you can?”
“Yes. Leona, Obasi belongs in a school, not in a mine.”
“Why did you bring him here?”
“I thought he could join us for lunch.”
“Absolutely not. Send him away.”
Alan’s expression changed. “Let’s go, Obasi.”
This story was inspired by what is happening in the The Democratic Republic of Congo which is home to many underage miners. Children are working in mines to earn money for school, food and other things they need.