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After A Struggle, Young Man Leaves Street Life Behind

The window washers at traffic lights in Kingston Jamaica may be annoying to some, but Anthony Scotland is an inspiration.

Scotland, the windscreen wiper who last year shared his story with the Jamaica Observer about his fight to provide for his children, now has a job.

Since the Observer highlighted his story five days before Christmas Day, scores of readers expressed their readiness to assist the father of two. However, efforts to contact him were futile.

When the Observer went in search of him on Chesterfield and Marcus Garvey drives yesterday, his friends, who were busy wiping windscreens, shouted: “Him get a work over ‘wharf’ enuh. “Him soon forward, still. A soon lunchtime, so him soon walk come cross.” Fifteen minutes later, Scotland appeared, wearing a hard hat bearing the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited logo.

He was delighted to see the Observer team. He explained that he could not be reached during the festive season because his mother, who resides in Mandeville, Manchester, was ill so he had to visit her.

The father, who said he gave his family the last $200 he had before leaving home in Majesty Gardens, St Andrew, yesterday morning, said he planned to wipe as many windscreens as he could in the vicinity of Chesterfield Drive and Marcus Garvey Drive before his lunch break ended and he had to return to work.

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