Streets of shame: Shocking photos reveal plight of those forced to sleep rough in Glasgow : Daily Record

The signs are symbolic of the 
dehumanising nature of ­homelessness, which reduces a person’s identity to rough sleeper.

Passers-by rarely notice the huddled figure in the shop doorway or the cardboard pleas taped to the windows.

One reads: “I am a person just like you. Only I am homeless. Still human like you are.” The other says: “Willing to work, even for room and board. I am desperate.”

The signs are symbolic of the 
dehumanising nature of ­homelessness, which reduces a person’s identity to rough sleeper.

Often, the label comes with the judgment of addiction or fecklessness.

Many rough sleepers are mentally ill or the victim of a perfect storm of unfortunate circumstance.

Whatever the reasons, 21st century Scotland should not have homeless people sleeping on our streets.

It is impossible to monitor but it’s generally accepted that 5000 people sleep rough in Scotland each year.

These pictures, taken by Robert Perry, force us to look at the “national badge of shame” that is homelessness.

In one photograph, a man sleeps feet from rubbish, while a pretty model in vibrant red dress stares at him from a nearby billboard.

On March 21, ­homeless man Matthew Bloomer was discovered dead in freezing conditions, outside the store TJ Hughes on Argyle Street in Glasgow, prompting calls for more to be done to stop further fatalities.

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2 Comments

  1. we lost that bit of humanity for many who feel the need to steal your crumbs thuss allowing you to starve yes humanity has it is has gone down this road of greed its going to take a very strong leader to put back right the wrongs of these greedie devils who want it all have most been asleep while they waged a war against the poor wake up it could be you next nah you say but karma has a funny way of catching up to one

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