Around fifty people organized a remembrance service for a homeless man who died on the 8th of November. It took place Tuesday evening at the Porte de Namur in Brussels. According to the people present, the homeless man is the first victim of the Winter cold. “We can’t just let it go”, explains Anne Lowenthal, one of the organizers. “He is just the first of many victims there will be this Winter in Brussels, the capital of Europe”. “We know very little about this man, only that he was between 26 and 36 years old”, she added. “He died from lack of warmth, medical treatment, food, hygiene and love, like numerous families who suffer from the lack of many of these things today. We will think of him when we suddenly don’t see a homeless person we know anymore”.
According to the organizers, the service wasn’t a political message. “Nor is it a criticism of social services, who do the best they can with the limited means they have available”, adds Anne Lowenthal. “But it is a message to the authorities”.
“We live in a society which is getting harder and harder”, says one of the participants. “The gap between rich and poor keeps getting bigger”.