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Humans

Living Outside – Coco by Sandy L and Photography by Frank Schoenau (a First Thursday collaboration)

What’s going on in your life at this moment?
It’s always very tough on the street.

Have you been on the streets for long?
I am 26 and have been on the street for 16 years.

What happened 16 years ago, that you left home?
Because of problems.

With your family?
Yes.

So you were having family problems and left home?
There was nothing to eat and so I began leaving home to come to Cape Town every day after school.

Did you finish school?
No, I couldn’t finish school because…

…You were on the streets?
Yes.

What would you tell people who you might see you on the streets and who might be afraid to talk to you (as they might be of anyone they don’t know), what would you say to them?
I ask people to care. Seeking change is really hard. If you have a roof on top of your head you can change, without a roof, it is really hard.