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I feel conflicted
In China I have two minds about the beggers:|
1) Many people have told me the beggers aren't "legitimate" -- in other words, many of them work for some gang, and they have to turn the money over to a boss.
I've also heard that some of the children beggers are kidnapped and forced to beg. If they don't bring home a certain amount of money, they are beaten. If a see a child begger, I will usually give him some food -- an apple or an orange, or whatever is handy. That way, I know he will at least eat.
2) On the other hand, some of the beggers have obvious disabilities. And it's my understanding that in China, the government doesn't do much to help these folks out. So if they don't have family to help them, what can they do?
Yes, there are some folks with disabilities who DO work. There's a man in my neighborhood with severe disabilities, yet he struggles down the street every day collecting items for recycling. I always save my bottles and such for him, and try to do other things to help him.
But some disabled people are unable to work. My husband's brother was born with severe mental retardation. He is like a 2 year old child. He can't even take care of himself. Fortunately he lives in America, and the government can help him financially with medical care and a small monthly income. He also has family to help him.
But in the end, I feel I can afford to help out the beggers to some extent. If they're obviously disabled, I usually hand them a little money.
But it would certainly be nice to see the government take a hand in all this -- not merely running the beggars off the street, but actually doing something to help the disabled people by helping to support them, and, if they are able, training them to do some sort of productive work.