Forever Under Construction


Posted in Iranians, Photography by homeyra on March 29, 2009


The Guardian: Iranian beggar was a real-life slumdog millionaire
Photo: Blind beggar with woman and child by Antoin Sevruguin (late 1830s-1933), see photogallery


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  1. 99 said, on March 31, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Sounds like a great excuse to crack down on beggars to me… 😦

  2. homeyra said, on March 31, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I am still digesting Derrick Jensen talk on “acceptable” on-way violence!

  3. Bluebear2 said, on March 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    While in college I worked at a coffee house in town. There was an old Polish lady who roamed the streets during the day, stopping at the various shops begging for bits of food. She would only ask for one item at each place and refused to accept more.

    The community took her in and everyone helped out. Her command of the English language was minimal. She was short and portly and she would waddle as she walked.

    Every day around the same time she would come into the coffee house and in time with her waddle would say: “Just one doughnut, just one doughnut, just one doughnut” as she made her way back to the service counter. After receiving a doughnut she would waddle back out the door: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

    Eventually she passed away and when her relatives went to clean out her apartment the found over $40,000 in cash in a shoebox under her bed.

  4. homeyra said, on March 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for that story BB2, I can almost see her!

  5. Bluebear2 said, on April 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm


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