He lived on the same San Paulo street corner for 18 years. The black plastic bags wrapped around him and long tangled hair and beard protected him from the elements. Atop a small stool, this 75-year-old man could be seen every day, hunched over and writing.
Though homeless for 34 years, Raimundo (Portuguese for Raymond) was very well-read and loved to read.
In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro, who was impressed by his poetry and wanted to help him realize his dream of publishing a book of his “mini-pages,” as he calls them.
She created a Facebook Page to feature the writings of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho, who signed every poem with a nickname he gave himself, The Conditioned.
Neither could have dreamed the happy outcome of what happened next when a special someone saw the Faceboook photo.
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