Mr. Ze!

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© Baratinha
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For the past 15 years, from six in the morning until six in the evening, Mr. Ze settles in the same spot at a downtown walkway to make enough money to feed his family. The sign reads:

"A person contributes with an open heart and not with sadness. God loves those who happily give. May God bless you."

2 responses

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (31 Aug 2010):

    Very sad photo!

  • Baratinha

    Baratinha said (6 Sep 2010):

    Yes, it is. This is what you see the most in downtown Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Ze is just a few blocks away from where President Lula works. You see well-dressed people passing by Mr. Ze and he doesn't even get a look from these people. I sat down with Mr. Ze for about 4 hours and the only looks I got were from people wondering why I was hanging out with him. The only people I noticed giving Mr. Ze some money, and sometimes water and snacks, were from the vendors at that same walkway. Every year when I go back to Brazil, I'm from there, I visit Mr. Ze... When I brought a print of this photo for him, he cried and now he says he is my number one fan. He is such an amazing person.

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