Stories from the Street

Meet Mahmoud.

He's 10 years old. He carries around an old rag and wipes dust off cars to raise money for surgery that he needs to fix some burns. How did he get so badly burned? He was playing in the street near his home in the slums and people had lit some trash on fire. He fell and his clothes and skin got caught on the fire, hence the burns. He has an older sister who is married. And he used to have an older brother who died from getting electrocuted. He does not go to school.

The way he talked and the heavy look in his eyes made it seem to me like I was looking at an adult stuck in a child's body. He has probably seen more than I'll ever know.


  1. How difficult is adoption in Egypt for a westerner? I hate seeing children like in this condition

  2. Dear heyjunoman,

    Thank you for your comment! Unfortunately, adoption is extremely difficult in Egypt, for westerners and non-westerners alike. I would suggest that the next step is supporting a nonprofit organization aimed at helping poverty-stricken children in Egypt. I recommend Coptic Orphans (http://www.copticorphans.org/). Please let me know if you have any questions!