Friday July 20, 2012
Getting used to living on the streets
CREEPY CRAWLIES lurking under mattresses, gangsters with parang gate-crashing their “sanctuary” and flash floods destroying their precious belongings — these are things that homeless people are forced to experience every day when they choose to live on the streets.
But compared to all these, it’s utter loneliness that hurts them the most.
Lina Shaharuddin has been living on the streets since 2010 after her mother passed away and her father took a second wife.
Her step-mother, kicked her out of the family home in Perak and the 27-year-old decided to move to KL in search of a better life — sadly, that life did not materialise.
She ended up living under a bridge near the city.
“It is not that bad — once you get over the initial shock and discomfort.
After some time you get used to it,” Lina said when asked to describe her life on the streets.
* For more story in The Star today.
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