What do you think of homeless children
We asked homeless people how we can really help them
The meters from bed to your bathroom in the morning feel like naked cross-country skiing in Eastern Siberia. You only walk to the front door in a North Pole Expedition Parka. Then on your way to work, clinging to your Matcha tea thermos, you run into a homeless man who has spent the night in the subway station.
Of course you want to help him, that's what your mom taught you when you were a little child, when people said "Do you have a few shillings?" have said. So you think about it: two euros? No, surely he'll only buy little Gorbachev of that at the penny cash register. And as soon as you think that, you ask yourself: Am I unfair with my prejudice?
So better to bring him a chocolate croissant from the bakery? But once someone yelled at you that he didn't want to see this unhealthy food any more. Your parka? Well, you're not Saint Martin either. And bang, you're past the homeless. Out of sight, out of mind Mhm, matcha tea.
But you will see more and more homeless people in the next few years. In Austria, 18 percent are poor or at risk of poverty. In 2010, 248,000 people were homeless in Germany; today there are 335,000, most of them men. But even 29,000 children do not have a permanent place of residence, according to the figures just published from a response by the German government to a request from the left.
We talked to homeless people in Germany and asked them how we can really help them.
"I don't go to collective shelters, there are too many rules and too many crazy people. In winter, when it's cold, I sleep in stairwells. Ideally where the emergency exits are. Not in old buildings, but in really tall skyscrapers "You are left alone on the tenth floor. People help me if they don't send me away, just let me sleep. I don't hurt anyone, I'm not aggressive or anything. I don't piss or poop in any corner, I am." clean and just want to sleep in the warm.
In everyday life it helps when people give me money. I don't need food, if you give me that, it doesn't do me any good, I can get it that way. I also only eat once a day, I know my body rhythm, so I can watch my digestion and plan when I have to go to the bathroom. I also tell other people on the street: 'Don't just shit everywhere. Take care of yourselves. ' As a passer-by you can even help: give people things to clean up their shit. "
"I've been living on the street for ten years, and now and then I find shelter with my mother. I get a small pension, used to work as a warehouse worker, but that's not enough. I have to make 20 euros a day to get by I then buy my heroin, that's my addiction. I get my money by selling lighters. I buy them wholesalers. I sell three for one euro. In two hours I usually get 20 euros. I rarely go Only with a mug through the train, then it takes me about an hour longer to get to 20 euros. So how can you help me? With money and a smile. "
"I've been living on the streets in Berlin for a year. At the beginning I still had support from the social welfare office, but then something went wrong with my papers and now I don't get anything anymore. I'm happy about everything people give me: food "Money and clothes. At night I sleep under a bridge."
"I've been living on the street for two months. I'm free, I can meditate. I don't beg, I ask for presents. I need 15 euros a day. Now in winter it sucks right now. It's just really cold. What me." The most important thing is? What can you make me happy? With a smile. With compassion. When someone sees me, I feel a connection, that's something.
I like to take food and money. Tobacco? No, I don't need it, I just smoke pot. I've tried a lot. I also live on the street because I no longer want to be fooled by the system and its constraints, they can no longer tell me anything. Tobacco, sugar and caffeine are supposed to be OK? But not cocaine and heroin? These drugs are the five most powerful drugs in the world, three of which are legal.
I myself am currently trying out all the addictions there are. Yesterday I was addicted to gambling for a day or I tried it. I sank 20 euros in the machine, it didn't bother me and afterwards I was bare. That one up there was not well-disposed to me yesterday. If I don't have any money, someone else will help me from the street. If someone has something, they serve a round of beer or something.
Sure, I would like a roof over my head. Or let's put it this way: a warm place. If I'm allowed to dream, I'll live in Saarbrücken at some point, with a wife and 15 children. And Bella, my dog. [He strokes his shepherd dog on the head] By the way, she will be two today. If I could wish for something for the world, it would be world peace. People should just get along and everyone should have 1,000 euros to live on. People should all be equally rich. I have already experienced and participated a lot, studied business administration, was a restaurateur, and trained as an educator. What do they all want? Community. Or a warm smile. I always like to take that too. I always like to give that back. "
"I've lived on the street for 13 years. I've had my dog Balu with me for seven months. I always stand here in Berlin at Alexanderplatz and just hope that people will give me money. I need 20 to make ends meet up to 30 euros a day. Twice a week I can spend the night in a warm place, in an emergency shelter, and on the other nights I sleep outside.
When people meet me in a friendly and polite manner, I am happy. Unfortunately, I am insulted every day. Then comes something like 'Go to work, you asshole' and that always works. I never feel safe, I don't think anyone who lives on the street does that. You always have to be afraid that someone will do something to you. Fortunately, I have some companions with whom I spend my time. They each have their own fate: deaths, accidents or divorces, like me. My wife is gone and that's where it all started. "
"In Greece I had problems with work, also because of the crisis. That's why I came to Germany four years ago, two of them worked as a cook in Cottbus. What I need most now is work. I want to work. For six For months I've been living on the streets in Berlin. I get money from the office, but that doesn't work overnight. I often don't understand the letters in official German.
So what do I still need? A language course. I taught myself everything through the first time Mickey mouse and television [he explains in fluent German, he rarely has to think because he can't find a word]. And now on the street? I am happy about every gesture. About tobacco, a nice hello, something to eat. And money. I can handle ten a day, better still 15 euros. But everyone needs money, unfortunately it is not possible without it. I don't want to live on the street. My dream is to have an apartment again, then I can start doing sports again, I love kickboxing.
It often happens that people just take a picture of me. Without asking. I dont want that. What are they thinking? Not so many people are looking for a conversation. I am all alone here. I have no friends, I have contact with my family from Greece once a month. My mother hardly has any money herself, but every now and then she transfers me 100 euros. At night I sleep in accommodations, for example at the Ostbahnhof. And I get food from the soup kitchen at the church. What can I not use? When people drill directly and insensitively, insult me. I don't want to explain to everyone, don't want to justify why I'm living on the street right now. That's so shitty enough. "
"I got my name because I recently lost a finger. I wanted to climb over a railing to get returnable bottles and got stuck. Ticke once said a friend to me because I was a little too clingy. I landed on the street nine years ago when I was 17. It was just stupidity and my drug problem because I started drinking when I was nine and in the past few years I've done pretty much all the drugs there was My girlfriend was the salvation then, because she gradually weaned me off everything and now I only smoke weed sometimes, I was last drunk two years ago and almost died of alcohol.
Here in Berlin there are very friendly, but unfortunately also very unfriendly people. Some will pay you a whole purchase and others will abuse you. But that can also be due to the fact that I always approach people very openly, speak to them and don't just sit around. Lately I have noticed that it is mainly people who give a lot who have little themselves. There are even bottle collectors here who give away three euros from their daily income at the end of the day, while others who are much richer have nothing for you.
I am really happy about everyone who gives me a little something or just talks to me. Of course, if you don't have any money, you can't buy a ticket. I almost always drive black and then I get caught a lot. I was recently imprisoned for two months because I was caught three times. I have to go back in soon, it's really tough. I get my summons to the address from my father, with whom I also have a very good relationship. I have two brothers, with whom I have no contact because one is under construction and the other is also being looked after, and a sister with whom I speak on the phone every three to four days. My biggest goal at the moment is to be able to move in as a subtenant with my girlfriend, who has a booth. "
"A year ago the social welfare office stopped paying my rent and then I ended up on the street, but before that I had also lived outdoors from time to time. I was addicted to heroin, had to collect 80 euros a day for the material and at some point I was ended up in jail for driving illegally, so I stopped using heroin in cold withdrawal, which was a blessing for me.
Today I only need eight euros a day. For five euros I can stay in an emergency shelter and for three euros I buy tobacco. I actually just sit around and don't speak to people directly. Nevertheless, I am regularly insulted in the worst possible way by people to whom I have done nothing at all. If someone sits down next to me and just talks to me, I'm really happy, because otherwise I'm on my own. I hate it when someone tells me something and tells me how to live.
I think it's very bad that more and more people are becoming homeless. You don't want that to anyone. But more and more people come to Germany and more and more people to Berlin and some of them end up on the street. I just always wish that people would be friendly and show me a little understanding. "
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