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Hello, my name is Cardo…

Lisa Truter

“Actually, my name is Riccardo, but everyone calls me Cardo. I was born in Heideveld and now I’m seven years old. I stay with my dad, but he’s not often around, so my aunt looks after me. My mom drops in every now and then, but she stays with other people in Gugs*.

“My other mom is Aunty Lewena in Badsberg Close. She already knows I come and eat porridge there in the mornings. She makes really sweet, milky tea and packs sandwiches for me and the other children to take to school. Her house feels like my house, I’ve even got my own seat on the bright red staircase in the corner. Saturday mornings she shows us cartoons on the DVD player. A long time ago Aunty Lewena told me that I can come and have dinner there too, like some of the other kids. We pray, eat, and watch Sewende Laan before we all go home.

“I have many friends but I’m not always so sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Having friends sometimes brings a lot of problems, like last December.

“When I was younger I used to go to the park alone to play with bottle pieces and stones. It was simpler that way and there was always someone to give me five bob* to buy a packet of chips at the uncle from Somalia.

“There was a big drama last December. I still think about it sometimes, but I mostly try to keep it from my thoughts. Just like the first day of school.

My dad was drunk and no one bought me school clothes, shoes and pens. Nothing. I didn’t even think about it, I was too excited, but then I heard about the list of things I needed. Luckily Aunty Lewena helped me and there was another nice aunty in the store that paid for some of my stuff. I was a day late for my first day of school, but it didn’t really matter.

“I can’t really understand why my shoes are always broken. It seems like there’s always a hole under my foot (then I walk on my socks) or at my big toe, which peeks through the socks and shoes. It makes everyone laugh, so then I simply laugh with them.

“I like Tuesday afternoons, because then we all play at Aunty Lewena’s house. I always play with the little cars. Who wants to build puzzles or throw balls when you can play with cars? A lot of the cars don’t have wheels anymore, which is our own fault. We do it on purpose. Aunty Lisa said we are going to play with the cars without wheels until December, but we don’t mind.

“I also like the soup and bread on Tuesdays, but the best part is rinsing the cups in the warm, soapy water. Me and Nazmie and Jason make beards and moustaches from the foam and then we pretend to be Father Christmas. Then everyone laughs and life is great. At times like that I don’t even think of the last December’s drama.

“Aunty Audrey and Aunty Abi have SmartBrain classes with us. A for apple, B for ball, C for… I can’t exactly remember. I don’t always understand too well, but I think it’s because I don’t listen for so long, because my mind often wanders to the drama of last December.

“I don’t know why I was so mean to the cat. I also don’t know why we were so naughty with the girls. Our names are at the police station about the cat and at the social worker about the girls. Probably at the police station about the girls as well. Last December was not a good time for me.

“In Aunty Lewena’s house there is a poster that explains something about the wide and the narrow road. The thing we did last December is also on the poster, but it’s drawn on the wide road that leads to hell. Every day I sit and stare at the narrow road. I know if I try really hard to do what Aunty Lewena says, things will come right. “Then I can also go to heaven.”

Iif you want to come and visit the children of Badsberg Close in Heideveld, call Lisa Truter on 072 390 7437 or email her at

*Gugs – Gugulethu; five bob – 50 cent

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