You can blame it on the economy, on the government, on climate change or just about anything you think doesn’t fit in the overall scheme of things, but mendicancy, quite sadly, has become a way of life for a growing number of people. These people come in different sizes and shapes – a young mother nursing a baby, a middle-aged father cradling a very ill child with hydrocephalus, an old woman who could barely walk, a kid missing a leg. And people can only do so much to help them. After all, how far could alms given to them take them?
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For the likes of us who toil hard to sustain our needs on a regular basis, all we could perhaps do is share what we could spare and pray that tomorrow when they wake up, they would be facing a much better day, that perhaps the government would get wind of their whereabouts and take them where they could be cared for, or that some charitable institution would embrace them in its fold and give them back the dignity they probably once lost when they had taken to mendicancy to survive the atrocities of this world.
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