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The Homeless Street Cafe shared this image on his Facebook page where the boy eats his dinner from a cardboard box in a main street in the Irish capital

Homeless charity shares shocking image of five-year-old boy in emergency shelter eating his dinner from cardboard on the sidewalk in Dublin

  • Thousands responded to the image on the Facebook post of The Homeless Street Cafe
  • Boy, & # 39; Sam & # 39; is in emergency shelter with his mother
  • The latest figures show that 8,216 adults and 3848 children are homeless in Ireland
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An image of a young boy eating his dinner sitting on a cardboard box in the cold concrete streets of the Irish capital led to an outpouring of both empathy and anger.

The boy nicknamed Sam was spotted on the side of a main road in Dublin, by The Homeless Street Cafe on October 15 – when the lows of the night dropped to 4C.

The group of volunteers, patrolling downtown Patton Street every Tuesday and offering food, toiletries, warm clothing and a friendly word for the homeless, met the child who ate his dinner and were forced to share the moving picture.

The Homeless Street Cafe shared this image on his Facebook page where the boy eats his dinner from a cardboard box in a main street in the Irish capital

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The Homeless Street Cafe shared this image on his Facebook page where the boy eats his dinner from a cardboard box in a main street in the Irish capital

Thousands have responded with sadness and anger to the gripping image of the young boy who saw food outside on the street on a cold autumn evening

Thousands have responded with sadness and anger to the gripping image of the young boy who saw food outside on the street on a cold autumn evening

Thousands have responded with sadness and anger to the gripping image of the young boy who saw food outside on the street on a cold autumn evening

In a post that has been shared thousands of times since, volunteers wrote for the organization about their clear need to see a homeless child.

& # 39; We are home after another incredibly busy night. I am exhausted, tired and emotional and have to go to bed (guilty) BUT there is a picture burned in the minds of all teams tonight.

# It is wrong and it is painful, but this happens and it only gets worse every week.

& # 39; Sam & # 39; is 5 and this was he who ate a dinner of Carbonara on a sheet of cardboard tonight. Can we really accept this?

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Thousands have commented on the position, many wanted to help, others expressed their thanks to the charity, and others called on the Irish government to make the issue of homelessness a priority.

One woman wrote: & # 39; Something has to be done for every person or people living on the street. It is not acceptable at this time when our government had money to spend otherwise.

& # 39; This situation must be prioritized. & # 39;

Another woman wrote: & # 39; So sad, shame about this country & # 39 ;, and another: & # 39; This is so heartbreaking … what can I do to help? & # 39;

Another, a mother herself, expressed her sadness about the moving image.

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& # 39; This is so pathetic. I'm 5 years old and I can't imagine how he would survive that way.

& # 39; Everything we hear every morning when we turn on the news these days is about the Brexit! What about this poor little boy and I can imagine countless other children eating their dinner on a sidewalk … Why doesn't our government take action? & # 39;

The homeless street café thanked everyone who responded to their message because it gave an update to the boy's situation.

It said the boy was in emergency shelter and went to school.

& # 39; His mother is just trying to gain access to nutritious, home-cooked meals for him. Most emergency accommodations strictly prohibit cooking or food preparation. & # 39;

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The latest report on housing, planning and local government Homelessness figures August this year showed that there were 6,143 adults and 2,850 children in the Irish capital who were homeless or living in temporary or emergency accommodation.

8,216 adults and 3848 children were homeless throughout Ireland.

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