Life is never the same at all, and we never know what will happen next. Raimundo Arrudo Sobrinho is the person who knows that best. In the 1970s, when Brazil was troubled by a military dictatorship, he became homeless and lived on the streets for 35 years.
Since he looked dirty, not many people would come near him, so he spent most of his time alone. The papers and his pen were the only things he had with him.

This homeless man liked to write poetry and would write it down, but no one ever got to read it. When he met a special woman named Shalla, everything was about to change.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

She noticed that Raimundo was always writing something, which made her curious. One day, she went up to him and asked him about his papers.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

After reading his work, she was blown away by how talented he was. She decided to do something for him, and it changed his life for good.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

Shalla thought it would be a shame if the world didn’t know about Raimundo’s poems, so she posted them on Facebook along with his life story.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

Many people saw the post and said that his work was indeed very impressive. They told their friends about it, and soon more than 100,000 people were following the Raimundo page and couldn’t wait for more poems to be posted there.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

It only took one woman who saw a homeless man’s talent to turn his life upside down.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

One of the people who found Shalla’s Facebook page was Raimundo’s long-lost brother. This was the most amazing thing.
He saw Raimundo behind the dirty clothes and long beard and got in touch with him. A very touching event was about to happen, and it moved many people.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

Raimundo was able to see his family again, and they asked him to move in with them. He finally got a place where he could live.

The years of living on the streets were over.

Facebook / Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho

The amazing story of Raimundo’s life was told in the documentary “The Conditioned.”

It shows us that we are all people who need love and support to find our place in the world, no matter how much money we have or how good we look.

Shalla’s small act of kindness went a long way and made a change that neither she nor Raimundo thought was possible.

 

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