She was very thin. All legs and arms. Aboriginal.
I prevented her from getting beat up by a group of girls. I tried to help out by offering to walk her to a safer area, but she refused.
The young girl did give me her name and allowed me to take her picture , but that was all. I bought her lunch and gave her bus fare, before I went back into the library.
She was still there when the library was closing, but she again refused my offer to walk her to a safer area. I asked her where will she go afterwards, the girl told me she will take the bus.
I felt bad about leaving her, and wanted to try to help her. I phoned 911 to report the young girl, but she was not listed as missing by anyone.
I was given another phone number to try to inquire if she was a missing person. This was not going to be easy like it is in the movies.
I decided to head down to the police station on Princess to try to report the incident and show them her picture.
Again, the police at the station told me she was not listed as missing, but was previously listed as missing recently. I did give them her name and showed her picture.
When I left the police station , I saw the young girl outside, as she was headed towards Main Street, to the North End of Winnipeg. The worst place for a young girl to be in in the city.
Once I got home, I phoned the after hours emergency line of Child and Family Services. Again, I gave the name of the child/woman , but was told by the woman over the phone, no one by that name was in their care. The woman also advised me if she was over 18, she would be no longer be in their care.
I did do a search of the young girl on Facebook by the name she gave me. I did find her and was more concerned about her troubled past.
That was where I found names of her family members and tried contacting them. There has been no response from her family members about the girl’s well being at the end of the evening,
So you could see why I refer to the young girl as a ‘ghost child’. She is there. People are aware of her, but don’t see her. A ‘ghost child’.
Yes, she might be a young adult released from a foster home or even an older teenager. She is still someone’s daughter, niece or even someone’s grand daughter. She does have a beautiful smile.
Hope that ‘ghost child’ finds a safe place this evening.