Thu, Jan 18, 2007 - Page 8 News List

Have the homeless been forgotten?

By Cheng Wei-chun 鄭維鈞

Last year, South Africa held a Homeless World Cup in Cape Town attended by 48 nations. In the process of becoming members of representative soccer teams, many homeless people were able to change their lives and their social status.

In Japan, a mutual help association for the homeless has had a good deal of success in improving economic conditions for that nation's homeless.

Perhaps Taiwan's social movements and lower classes should make getting rid of the stigma of homelessness, organizing the homeless and fighting for the rights of the homeless their objectives for the future.

Cheng Wei-chun is a member of the Homeless People Workshop at the Graduate School for Social Transformation Studies at Shih Hsin University.

TRANSLATED BY EDDY CHANG AND MICHAEL FAHEY

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