Life is unpredictable and we never know what awaits us around the corner. A man named Raimundo Arrudo Sobrinho knows that best. During the military dictatorship that troubled his country of Brazil in the 1970s, he became homeless and spent long 35 years of his life on the streets.
Looking dirty, not many people would ever get near him so he was all alone most of his days. His only companions were the papers and his pen.
This homeless man was a poetry writer and would put his words down, but sadly, no one has ever got to read any of them.
Luckily, that was all about to change when a very special woman named Shalla came across his path.
She noticed Raimundo would always write something and her curiosity didn’t leave her at ease until she approached him one day and asked him about his papers.
After she read his work, she was left stunned but his incredible talent so she decided to do something for him, and her act changed this man’s life forever.
Shalla knew it would be pity for Raimundo’s poems not to be shared with the world, so she shared them on Facebook along with his life story.
The post got the attention of many people who said his work was indeed extraordinary. They shared it with their friends and very soon, more than 100,000 people followed the page dedicated to Raimundo and couldn’t wait for more poems to be shared on it.
It took one woman that recognized one homeless’ man talent for his life to be turned upside down.
The most incredible thing was that one of the people who stumbled upon Shalla’s Facebook page was Raimundo’s long lost brother.
He recognized Raimundo under the filthy clothes and the long beard and contacted him. A very touching encounter was about to take place and it touched the hearts of many.
Raimundo was reunited with his family and was invited to live with them. He finally got to have a place he could call a home.
The years spent on the streets were now in the past.
Raimundo’s incredible life story was featured in the documentary “The Conditioned.”
It teaches us that no matter our wealth or looks, we are all humans who need a little love and support to find our place in this world.