Invisible People: life through the eyes of the homeless
Despite all of our progress and technology, our society still has some social issues, that may be considered aberrations and that we tend to ignore. Poverty and homelessness are two examples of these aberrations, which are usually linked together. In the mind of someone who has a steady job, a home and money, this reality is far from happening. However many of the homeless we see on the streets were once people with steady lives, but for some twist of fate, like unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence, war, etc., they ended up living on the streets. Once a person starts living on the streets, it’s very hard to get out. It is this reality, which we think as being impossible to happen to us, that makes us avoid looking at the eyes of the homeless, not acknowledging their problem, their suffering and their human condition, acknowledging only the fact that they are simply invisible. This is the drama of more than 100 million homeless people worldwide.
In the United States, the biggest power of the modern world, 3.5 million people live on the streets, 1.4 million of which are children. It was thinking about this problem that Mark Horvath, a former homeless person, decided to create a website that gives visibility to the homeless people and the problem of homelessness in the U.S.A. In Invisible People blog (http://invisiblepeople.tv), the homeless have voices, faces and especially a story to tell, which is usually a very sad one. The blog shows media, especially videos about the homeless and the path that led them to homelessness.
According to the author, there is one thing you must have in mind when visiting “Invisible people” blog: “Caution: some content may be offensive. Our hope is that you’ll get mad enough to do something.”