Thursday, 18 October 2007

Socially secure

17th of October has been the homeless’ night in Finland since 1996 when the tradition first began by having a sleep over at the foot of the steps of parliament house.

Yesterday there were activities on numerous places all the way from the largest cities such as Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Oulu and even Rovaniemi. A petition was also yesterday handed over to the politicians on the issue, stating that by building only 2500 more apartments this problem would be solved.

Apparently about 2000 of these live in the metropolitan capital area. Out of a million inhabitants there are 2000 that have no place to live without a proper place to spend their nights, no matter the reason they have no apartment, living their lives out in the cold with freezing temperatures. Finland has been so proud of being a so called welfare state, having net of social security for everyone. Free healthcare, dentalcare, education and social benefits as aid if you get into trouble, well where is human rights for all these homeless persons?

And you think for yourself, it will never happen to me. What if it did happen to you?

What if you became an outcast and had no place to live? Instead of being socially secure?

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