Heartbreaking picture shows homeless boy, 5, eating dinner of piece off cardboard

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It was the Homeless Street Café who shared the photo on Facebook, with the aim of furthering awareness about a very real issue.

One of the team’s volunteers said: “We are home after another incredibly busy night. I’m exhausted, weary and emotional and should (guiltily) go to bed BUT there is an image burnt in all the team’s minds tonight.

“It’s wrong and it’s distressing but this IS happening and it’s only getting worse each week.”

We are home after another incredibly busy night. I’m exhausted, weary and emotional and should (guiltily) go to bed BUT…

Posted by The Homeless Street Cafe on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Needless to say, the picture has had the desired effect. More than 8,000 people have shared the post on Facebook, with over two thousand commenting their opinion.

The Homeless Street Café say they are overwhelmed with the amount of responses their post has prompted.

They released a statement reading: “This post has reached over a quarter of a million people which is amazing and we have over a thousand comments and messages to go through,

“We are small volunteer group and all our team are back in their day jobs today so please bear with us as we navigate through our next steps.”

Sam, the boy in the photograph, is currently staying in emergency accommodation and is attending school, but the image sheds light on a far bigger question we must be asking ourselves: how do we, globally, look to tackle this problem?

Millions of people are homeless, living on the streets either through the bad decisions they have made or the regrettable circumstances of their lives. Many of these people are willing to work to get themselves back on their feet, and it’s simply unfair to tarnish them all with the ‘lazy’ or ‘worthless’ tag.

Instead, we should collectively be pooling ideas concerning how we can lower the number of people forced to brave the elements day after day with no roof over their heads. It’s a sorry truth that being homeless tends to lead to a downward spiral, a rut that a person can find it impossible to get out of.

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