There was a young eleven year old girl begging with them. She caught my attention as she was the only girl beggar I had ever seen right to the present day. She would always be sitting with a bottle of Coca Cola beside her.
One day I asked her why she was begging. She told me she lived at Hanuabada, a village near the city with houses on the water. She was supporting her grandmother.
Then I did not see her again until this week in Boroko shopping centre. I stared at a young 14 year old girl and asked if she was the one. She said yes. But she did not do that any more.
I did notice that she still had a beautiful smile but every one of her adult teeth was decayed right to the base.
That came from drinking a gallon of Coca Cola a day while begging. Poor grandmother may not have been given much food.
I did not dare ask her how she was earning money now.