Asylum seekers shelter under a tarpaulin during a rainstorm in Brussels.

Neither a Beggar nor a Borrower

Brussels, Belgium
Friday, October 2, 2015

Ali sits in a tent with his brother-in-law, who we’ll call Ahmed, scrolling through photos on his mobile phone. He is stocky and well-built and looks like a former soldier, which, as it turns out, is what he is. He refuses the offer, again, of a cup of tea, just like he refused an offer to be taken out for breakfast earlier that morning.
“I am not a beggar,” says Ali.

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