What would you do if a gang stole your phone, MP3 player and money, threatening violence if you didn’t hand them over?
Kobina Amoo, a US university graduate living and working Ghana, has decided to do the surprising – help his attacker.
After being robbed, Kobina and his friend decided to search out their attackers. By luck they found one of the men, named Meshak, who, despite being screamed at, calmly smiled and returned their purse, offering to take them to his friends who had the rest of their stuff.
During the journey to the rest of the gang, Meshak told of the hardships in his life, the manual labour job he had done for a tiny wage, the jail terms served for selling weed, and the robberies, in order to survive.
Kobina was impressed with Meshak’s sincerity and moved by the challenges be had faced and formed a friendship with him. One day Kobina asked Meshak his vision for the future. He replied he wanted to be a taxi driver.
Kobina has decided to help his new friend but to go one step further. He wants to ensure Meshak not only fulfils his dream, but also to own the taxi he’ll drive. Kobina wants to crowdsource the money to buy him a taxi.
Before our cynical alarm bells start ringing let’s consider the approaches that are currently used and their lack of success.
Perhaps it’s time for true mob justice: a mob justice to address the rising inequalities that effect the lives of young men like Meshak.
Many of us got a kick start in life, advantaged by our backgrounds. Could it be time to pay something forward? It may not change the system, but if you could affect the life of one man, potentially having far reaching effects, would you do it?