Sunday February 12th, 2012

One thing they are talking about a lot on the news in France lately, in addition to the cold, is the subject of the homeless people. Where are they hiding from the cold? Who’s helping them? How they are surviving? Etc… Each day we hear the story of a new homeless person in Paris or in any other city in the country.

I don’t know why, but we do not have this rate of people living on the streets in Lebanon. Maybe we do, I’m not sure, but at least you do not see them anywhere you go. Here, in Lille for example, when we’re walking in Béthune Street, which is one of the most crowded streets in the city, there is always a group of young people hanging around, asking for money. YOUNG people! People my age and maybe younger!

You definitely do not see this in Lebanon. When we’re walking in the Gemayze Street, one of the most crowded streets in the city, the young people there are only the ones who came to party; there aren’t any young beggars (there are kids selling flowers but this is another subject for another day :)).

The other day, for example, they were telling the story of a 30-years old fellow living in his car; the guy is jobless, living out of the money the government is paying him, and since this is not enough for him to rent a house, he’s living in his car! Can you believe it? 30 years!!! Doesn’t he have any friends, parents, someone to let him stay for a while until he settles?

This country is crazy, and the people in it are crazier. If you can understand how a young person can be sleeping on the streets I would appreciate if you would clarify it for me because I sure can’t see a good reason behind it.

See you tomorrow!

3 Responses to “Sunday February 12th, 2012”
  1. Magnésium says:

    calm down, people who refuse the system find themselves in the street.
    many reasons can push someone to refuse the system but without refusing life.

    comparing this to lebanon as aznavour says “la misère serait moins pénible au soleil”
    that’s why homeless people pop-up to the eyes of the world in cold winter and more in individualist europe than family centric orient.

  2. The Friend (aka The Colleague) says:

    In Lebanon, a poor family might build a tent, then another poor family builds another tent next to it, and a few other … Soon, they build a stonewall around their tents and organize an armed militia to handle “security” … In a few years, it becomes a self-sustained ecosystem shielded from our pitiful eyes.
    In Europe, they have a cheap imitation of our proven model. One example is located behind the premises of our company’s offices. You should come check it out one day …

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