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A Sad sequel.

By lifesnapper  
As you may remember, I uploaded images of this young homeless woman a week or two ago including one of her smiling at me. A couple of days ago, through the crowds on a very busy Rochester high street, I spotter her once again. At first I couldn't make out what the red marking was on her neck but then, remembered what Ivor (capto) had said in his comment on the images. The redness was actually a very nasty gash, probably from a broken bottle, which was an injury that she suffered while being robbed. I took a couple of grab shots but didn't interrupt her conversation with a very kind woman who was about to give her money. However, there were no smiles to be had from this poor unfortunate and very vulnerable young woman.
What does the future hold for her and many like her in this 21st century?
There but for fortune...

Many thanks for your votes and comments on my 'Scrutiny On The Bench' images and a special thanks to Carole (monochrome2004) for he much appreciated award and mod.

all the best to all and long may you keep it.


Tags: Photo journalism Street Homeless Rochester high street

Voters: mike9005, sawsengee, bliba and 43 more

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17 Sep 2019 6:15AM
These are sad times I feel. We were in Hastings yesterday and there were more homeless there than I have ever seen!!
17 Sep 2019 6:18AM
Not just a national but a world crises, Mike.
sawsengee 14 6 40 Malaysia
17 Sep 2019 6:34AM
poor girl......I think her neck was "bitten"! Sad (any vampire cases reported?)
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
17 Sep 2019 6:39AM
very well recorded
17 Sep 2019 7:02AM
Excellent reportage John,
17 Sep 2019 7:08AM
Very powerful image, such sad times we live in, Dave.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 7:18AM
so sad to see these photo's.. but necessary
and now winter is on it's way..terrible for the young girl
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
17 Sep 2019 7:24AM
Both expressions (despair and concern) so well captured, John.
A superb image

saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
17 Sep 2019 8:16AM
She obviously had very little money herself, so how desperate was the person who robbed her? It's not as if they got away with a fortune, is it?

A sad reflection on our so-called caring society...
bluesandtwos 11 521 1 England
17 Sep 2019 8:18AM
What kind of person would rob a homeless person who has so little? The main image, compassion, and a glimpse of humanity and kindness. I still believe most people are kind, compassionate and caring, most would help a stranger in trouble, so why as a nation do we allow so many to be homeless? Sad

The main picture is an excellent portrayal of what makes me both proud and sad in equal measures.

The fear of living in this way must be horrible. A record of sad times indeedGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Robert51 12 7 122 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 8:35AM
A image I only wish that none of us could take, and becoming a more common sight in Kent. Also the thought of someone so young makes it so much worst. We have started to see young ladies around the Folkstone area which already has a very bad and sad problem.

Thanks for bringing us an image that makes us all think long and hard...
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
17 Sep 2019 8:59AM
What a sad story John!

DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
17 Sep 2019 9:23AM
A good reportage shot of a story that has become all too familiar on the streets of the UK.
I was in Berlin some time ago and it was far worse there than the UK.
What the answer is I have no idea or even when it will come to an end. If it ever will.

pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
17 Sep 2019 9:29AM
very sad indeed..
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
17 Sep 2019 10:23AM
What a sad commentary on the life of some these days, and how low can one get to assault and rob this poor soul.
What more can I say?
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 10:41AM
The so called modern world has lots to answer for - I worry for my grandchildren growing up at such a crazy viscious time.
17 Sep 2019 10:42AM
no smiles anymore.. street life is reigned by the law of the jungle and it is the strongest who survive...also, her wound/skin laceration needs to be treated with antiseptic to prevent infection.. apparently, she is in trouble and sadly, her problems are likely to aggravate in the near future..
p.s. great set and photojournalism, John
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
17 Sep 2019 12:10PM
Poor girl, she needs more help than just a few quid. How desperate must the person who robbed her
have been. It's a very sad tale but, unfortunately, it's happening more and more.
It wouldn't be difficult to help these unfortunate people, the cost of a couple of footballers
would be plenty to provide shelter and food for thousands. It's the will that's lacking, not the means.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
17 Sep 2019 12:11PM
All we can do is pause, and maybe give her a sandwich or a hot drink...

And ask politicians, before we vote for them, how they will help people like this.
17 Sep 2019 12:44PM
Very well said Dave and John.
17 Sep 2019 1:17PM
We are living in very sad times Sad
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 1:40PM
A sad tale, to often told these days John.
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 1:49PM
Homelessness must be stopped.....but it will take a lot of money and willingness to provide a safe and acceptable alternative.
In order to help the genuine homeless strong measures must be taken to curb the 'professional' beggars. I doubt that sufficient resources will ever be provided, only a sticking plaster response.Sad
17 Sep 2019 3:00PM
So true, Ivor.
bluesandtwos 11 521 1 England
17 Sep 2019 3:24PM

Quote:All we can do is pause, and maybe give her a sandwich or a hot drink...

And ask politicians, before we vote for them, how they will help people like this.

I agree with the first, the second is pointless. Sad No one believes a word any politician utters anymore. I heard on the radio a while back about a move to make politicians accountable, but the apparent legal stance was that it was acceptable for politicians to lie to get elected, as such things were almost custom and practice.
Trading standards apply to the sale of goods, a blue car advertised as a blue car should be a blue car, not a green bike...unless of course you are a politician!Sad
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
17 Sep 2019 3:55PM
Some politicians, sometimes... I am very happy that the Walsall night shelter scheme, initiated under a Labour council two years ago, ran for an extended period last winter, under Conservative leadership.

That proved to me that there's at least some will to help.

But we need year-round provision, and not just a little bit of a handout: many homeless people have massive emotional problems that mean they will be high-maintenance for life.

Proper taxes, proper services is my motto.
17 Sep 2019 4:55PM
Sad candid images & a problem everywhere, John
17 Sep 2019 6:00PM
A heated debate could erupt here but, maybe we should chanel our energies into coming up with a feasible plan to present to those on a better platform than us, to turn words into deeds.
clicknimagine Plus
11 832 104 India
17 Sep 2019 7:30PM
I wonder a rich country like UK is also facing the same problem as we face in India...
17 Sep 2019 8:12PM
So very sad John. Cathy
18 Sep 2019 8:56AM
Thank you everyone for your great comments.

19 Sep 2019 6:12AM
A very thought provoking comment, Somnath.
19 Sep 2019 6:26PM
How sad John..Lin
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2019 10:41PM
Great candid... Well observed John.
Isabel GrinGrin
23 Sep 2019 4:46AM
Oh my she could have been Killed, a few more milmeters deep... a startling photo John
It has all been aptly said , no different in Canada mental illness and drug use often brings them to a life in the street. I hope Karma catches up with the viscous attacker .
Regards Walt

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