Streets of shame: Shocking photos reveal plight of those forced to sleep rough in Glasgow : Daily Record

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The signs are symbolic of the 
dehumanising nature of ­homelessness, which reduces a person’s identity to rough sleeper.

Passers-by rarely notice the huddled figure in the shop doorway or the cardboard pleas taped to the windows.

One reads: “I am a person just like you. Only I am homeless. Still human like you are.” The other says: “Willing to work, even for room and board. I am desperate.”

The signs are symbolic of the 
dehumanising nature of ­homelessness, which reduces a person’s identity to rough sleeper.

Often, the label comes with the judgment of addiction or fecklessness.

Many rough sleepers are mentally ill or the victim of a perfect storm of unfortunate circumstance.

Whatever the reasons, 21st century Scotland should not have homeless people sleeping on our streets.

It is impossible to monitor but it’s generally accepted that 5000 people sleep rough in Scotland each year.

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