Surprised to see beggars on the streets of the UAE
Poverty and hunger can compel people to do almost anything for a living.
The sight of people begging on the streets or selling roasted peanuts and other accessories is quite common in many Asian countries.
However, I was astonished to see something similar on the roads of Sharjah. On more than one occasion, I have come across men begging and some even selling roasted peanuts at the signals especially in the industrial areas.
The other day, I was returning home with my father when a lean man knocked our car’s window.
My father rolled down the window thinking the man might have lost his way and wanted to ask for directions. Instead, the man for money saying he hasn’t had a meal since the last two days. My father helped as much as he could.
This was not only heart-wrenching but also disturbing. Even in this part of the world, where begging is considered an offence and is punishable by law, some people are forced to beg or sell items for survival.
This indicates there is a lack of jobs and that living in the UAE has become as difficult for some as in other parts of the globe. The situation has gone from bad to worse in recent years. I wish survival on earth would become a little easier for all of us.