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Genre Social policy  

It’s time to stop heaping humiliation on the world’s most vulnerable people

by Mary OHara


The home I lived in until I was seven was nothing short of a slum. It had just two tiny bedrooms for eight people, and was perpetually damp. Rats were so commonplace they may as well have been members of the family. 

     I knew there were people who were well off or rich. I knew my teachers were better off. I’d just never been anywhere near a wealthier part of town and interacted with people who lived there. So when I began to understand that more financially fortunate people looked down upon or pitied us, the undercurrent of shame stayed with me …

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