In Australia, while people ensconced in their lavish McMansions drink expensive wine and throw another shrimp on the stainless steel barbie, 100,000 people will be turned away from refuges and shelters for the homeless tonight.
They will include lonely men and women (like the one above), unfortunate people who have fallen through the cracks, people down on their luck, people who may have drinking or drug problems or mental sickness. But you may not realize that many of those who'll be sleeping out tonight are not individuals but families or part families. Yes, parents with kids who've been evicted or had their homes sold from underneath them or been driven away by a violent spouse, families with nowhere to stay, no where to sleep.They will sleep under bridges, in doorways, on park benches. The night will be long and the ground or concrete will be hard. And the dawn won't bring them a new beginning but more of the same. In affluent countries like Australia or Europe or America that this should happen is a crime.
But saddest of all is that all of these people are someone's brother or sister, husband or wife, father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, aunt or uncle, son or daughter, nephew or niece, grandson or granddaughter!
Is a member of your extended family sleeping rough tonight?