Blind Egyptian woman, 85, lives in a carton box – and refuses help

The unidentified woman makes a living by selling vegetables donated to her by merchants. (Al Arabiya)

An 85-year-old blind Egyptian woman has taken refuge in a carton box in a vegetable market in the city of Shubra al-Khema, north of Cairo.

The unidentified woman makes a living by selling vegetables donated to her by merchants. They also provide her with some food but she always rejects it. She gets help from the youth in the area who occasionally take her to the toilet.

Umm Taghreed is an Egyptian teacher who lives in the area; she always visits the old lady. She told Al Arabiya that the blind woman has been living there for few months but nobody knows anything about her except that she had a daughter called Amira and a son called Mohammad.

مسنة مصرية كفيفة تعيش في كرتونة.. وترفض المساعدة

مسنة مصرية كفيفة تعيش في كرتونة.. وترفض المساعدة

“Her son and daughter might have thrown her out of home,” Umm Taghreed said, adding that the locals have offered to take the blind woman to a care home but she always refuses. She stays in the carton box selling vegetables and at night she sleeps in it covered with old clothes to protect her from the cold.

Umm Taghreed said that the blind woman appears to be smart as she is able to tell the values of paper money given to her by customers.

People in the neighborhood say they have sent many letters to the ministries of social solidarity, health and housing, hoping that they would be able to help the woman and provide her with an apartment or search for her children.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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