Faceless is the pathetic and gripping story of children plunged into the streets by poverty and parental neglect. Amma Darko in very graphic details presents mind-boggling sociological issues of child-neglect, child abuse, defilement of girls, gender, child-trafficking, child-labour, absent fathers, reproductive health risks, violence and failed governance through the grim experiences of street children.
Amma Darko tells the world that every street child has a story, though rarely told. The common denominator in all of these stories is parental neglect. In Accra, MUTE, a non-governmental organisation seeks to unravel the mysterious death of Baby T, a child prostitute whose battered body was found in a slum behind a rasta hair salon kiosk. MUTE’s encounter with Fofo, Baby T’s sister opens an investigative trail into the lives of neglected children. Where do street children come from? Why are they on the street? Who are their parents? These are some of the questions answered unequivocally in Faceless.
Firmly embedded in Faceless is the loud and clear message that parents should take responsibility for their children. More pronounced is the message that no child should be brought into the world without visible means of providing for him physically, financially, psychologically and emotionally. Amma Darko’s Faceless is a well-researched story and a really good read.
By Dayo Okubule / http://www.bookstomydoor.com/faceless-by-amma-darko/
STREETISM IN GHANA
The novel Faceless is an attempt to identify how Amma Darko uses prose fiction * as a vehicle to cross-examine the complexities of the Ghanaian women’s lives in relation to culture and gender.
This novel explores feminist insight into Amma Darko’s philosophical reflection on the plight of women and girls in Ghana. The novel plays on the theory assumption that literature is the mirror of society * which tenders different perspectives or viewpoints of problems and their solutions.
Amma darko’s novels reflect the nature, causes and possible solutions to myriad feminist issues confronting Ghanaian females. Darko’s novel provides lenses through which we better understand some of the core cultural contest on feminist issues in Africa as a whole.