Saudi Arabia surprisingly has a large number of very poor people, mostly foreigners who came to the KSA to perform the religious pilgrimage to Makkah and never went back to their poor home countries, hoping for a better life here. Some are fortunate to find work in construction as day laborers, and some end up begging on the streets or dumpster diving for food or useful items they might be able to sell or use themselves. The bag hanging from this dumpster contains bread for any poor person to help themselves to. Oftentimes I see sights like this, where useful things are hung on the outside of the dumpster for those less fortunate to take. Charity is one of the five basic pillars of Islam.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Charity

  1. Jacob says:

    Poverty knows no borders…more and more people are living in the streets in the US these days. I had never heard of leaving food, etc., by a dumpster but I like the idea.

  2. Dina says:

    A fine illustration of the charity pillar.
    I see that here too. People also put out clothes and books for the taking.

  3. Geogypsy says:

    I like this idea. No food banks?

  4. Jerry M says:

    A very sad picture. We do a little better in the US but not by all that much.

  5. Glennis says:

    It is nice that someone thought to leave the bread where it could be picked up and was still safeish to eat. But sad that others are so in need as to be picking it up.

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