Making a Living through Begging: An Enquiry on the Styles of Street Beggars in Ebinat Woreda, Northwest Ethiopia

Emwodew Melkegnaw

Abstract


Introduction: Nowadays, begging is a widespread occurrence; however, it is the most prominent in developing countries. Street beggars usually found at the public places in urban areas; bus stations, restaurants, markets, main roads Mosques, Churches, etc. This problem, in Ethiopia, is growing in all towns year by year.
Objective: This study examined the styles of street beggars in Ebinat woreda. The study employed a cross-sectional research design. The study population consisted of street beggars, town administrative, staffs from the Labor and Social Affairs office, and community members.
Methods: The study entirely used qualitative approach using focus group discussions (FGDs), key informant interview, field observation and in-depth interview techniques.
Results: The result indicates that beggars used different pitiful strategies to collect money, such as blessing the almsgivers before and after alms, by crying, and dropping tear, shaking hands having cents, by calling the name of tabots like God, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and martyrs and by giving thanks to God. But, the most inspiring strategy employed by beggars was poem; by expressing the nature of human beings, witnessing the almighty God, and his mother.
Conclusion: Taking into account, this study recommends that government and religious institutions should first distinguish capable and disabled beggars and after identifying them letting the capable beggars back and train them to do their own jobs while helping disabled ones. Because, from the finding, there were young and working groups who accepted begging as a culture, as their prime choice and taking it as the surest way to get money.

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