Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
This photo makes me both angry and sad because it depicts everything wrong with this world.
For me, homelessness in a city like Sydney (approx. 2 hours from where I live) is worse than the situations of third world countries, or natural disaster devastated areas, or victims of sexual abuse. It isn't because I don't care about that, because I do very much, but I can't ignore the fact that (excluding abuse) world and social issues are very much in the spolight. Foundations exist in purposes of aid and rescue, and in abuse cases, in relief and safety and help.
This differs from an issue like homelessness because homelessness doesn't have the same kind of support that the other issues have, and furthermore, is highly ignored.
Australia is like, the third most powerful country (or something like that, I'm pretty sure it's top five) and there's this predisposition that we're all fine. Either we're rich, or well off at least, and we don't have the socio-economic issues of other countries. All in all, we're quite lucky.
Which is true, to an extent. In fact, we have a socio-economic group that falls beneath the official/verified/world accepted poverty line. They're the Indigenous Australians, the Aborigines. But we don't talk about that, because it's a black mark on a rather impressive record (please excuse the pun, as it isn't intended to offend).
It's the same with homelessness, and even more so with child and teen homelessness, just swept under the rug and ignored as much as possible, because there's no way that in such a wonderful country as Australia, could we possibly have this kind of problem.
And the kicker is, walk down any city street, and the evidence is staring you in the face.
of deviantArt, here