Making a case for the homeless
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
People are sometimes faced with situations which they find difficult to get away from.
Unfortunately, this is a reality for Jamaica's approximately 100,000 homeless people.
The majority of these people did not have the luxury to choose the lifestyle they lead, but made the best uses of what the society offered.
Many often try to make honest livings and when the time arises have to beg to survive, but nevertheless they try to resist the unfortunate temptation so many citizens are faced with - stealing and substance abuse.
Two homeless men were recently treated in a way that some argued was insensitive and uncivil. During the late hours of the afternoon, about two weeks ago, a group of homeless men and women had their valuables taken away and discarded by the local police. The homeless were given prior notice that they would have to go and find residences elsewhere.The law says the homeless are not allowed to stay on the streets. But do they really have anywhere else to go?
Shelters are dilapidated and many times there are no properly trained social workers on call. The homeless came to shelters, in search of refuge' and instead have been greeted by rude and scornful faces that call them burdens and misfits.http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/TeenAge/html/20090331T010000-0500_148511_OBS_MAKING_A_CASE_FOR_THE_HOMELESS.asp