22 January 2010

Under pressure

With degrees hitting below zero, the Copenhagen homeless are filling up the shelters at night. Some are turned away, and following two tragic deaths from exposure, volunteers created temporary shelters out of a church and two school gym's. Offering beds, blankets and a hot meal.

While some claim there are no reason for any Dane to be homeless, fact remains not everybody is cut out to live like everybody else. Many of the homeless do not "fit in". And it is not easily fixed by trying to make them do so. The government preaches "normalisation", and places like the freetown Christiania is under heavy pressure to buckle and behave. To our leaders "normal" is the salvation of us all. It will probably take them a while to understand that not being the same, is as normal as it gets.

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