Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho pictured with Shalla Monteiro, who helped him to transform his life

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho pictured with Shalla Monteiro, who helped him to transform his life

The conditioned is in many ways a timeless story. It is a story about how love, but most of all hope, can help to overcome the most dire of conditions.

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho is a poet and a philosopher, but until very recently, very few people knew who he was and most people simply looked the other way.

You see, Sobrinho was homeless, and had been living on the streets for 35 years in São Paulo, Brazil.

Raimundo pic

But he never gave up hope. Every day he would write poetry, in anticipation of getting it published, somehow, someway.

A kind stranger helped to turn what must have seemed like a distant dream, into a reality.

Shalla Monteiro would often stop to talk to Sobrinho, and was enchanted by his poetry. She then set up a Facebook page for him, so that the world could read his words.

She said: “When I saw Raimundo for the first time, he gave me one of his poems. From that moment, he started to be a part of my life. Writing is his passion, he writes everyday.”

As a result of the Facebook page, Raimundo was approached by strangers from all over Brazil who admired his poetry.

However, there was one person who was particularly interested in Raimundo’s story. And that was his brother.

After getting in touch with Sobrinho via the Facebook page, his brother then asked Raimundo to live with him. And for Raimundo, the final piece of the puzzle is falling in place, as he is now working on plans to publish his poetry.

Raimundo just before he turned his life around, pictured besides his brother who tracked him down and gave him a home

Raimundo just before he turned his life around, pictured besides his brother who tracked him down and gave him a home

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