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Discussion on homlessness

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Many people's views on beggars are: get rid of them, throw them all in jail, some extremists even say kill them. You may say they plague your streets and Tony Parsons even said they make England seem like a third world country; but if they annoy you that much then why don't you get them off your streets, by helping them? In many LEDC's like Indonesia, you see the unimaginable. Legless children sit on street corners, which do not ask but beg for money. For these people, begging is acceptable; it is not frowned upon, but is simply a way of life. Although they collect close to nothing each day, they still sit on that filthy, polluted, smelly street corner, through the worst of rainstorms and heat waves, breathing in the black fumes of the passing traffic, wearing nothing but a torn rag around their waist; yet day after day they sit there to make money in order to feed their families. ...read more.


"They have welfare benefits" is usually one of you 'valid' excuses. You go to Indonesia, and YOU tell me what benefits these people have! Not only in LEDC's but even in MEDC's like the U.S there are huge problems with the rising population in homelessness. On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless. Of these 44 percent did paid work during the past month. Mr. Parsons says these people have "no pride." I guarantee you that if I were to ask any of these people 99.9% would say that they wouldn't want to be in the financial position that they are in the present. Not everyone can control what happens to their future. Picture this: A Harvard lawyer working in a big firm, earning $350,000 yearly. ...read more.


With this money he has to feed his wife and kids. He reaches out to every passer by, and his skinny arms look like tree branches swaying in the wind. Unfortunately similar scenarios are common in fast developing countries, causing more homeless people. I have seen many people out begging on streets. My heart fills with compassion every time I see one, and I often give them any spare change. Many of them are illiterate therefore can't speak proper English so it's hard for them to communicate, so they speak in their own languages, making me feel bad and somewhat guilty, as their eyes look into you like razors. Beggars are people to and should be treated like them. They have rights like you and me. So next time you walk past that beggar, who sits on the same corner everyday, instead of mumbling a rude comment under your breath, give him a quarter, or maybe even a snack, so he can leave you and your streets in peace. ...read more.

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