This man seeking charity amid stopped traffic is among over 40% of Romanians who are poor, many of whom are elderly trying to live on meager government pensions that do not cover basic needs. There are not enough public or social community based care facilities here to give relief to the weak and ailing.
With this post I do not mean to spotlight the negative side of my host country. I have witnessed plenty of heart-breaking poverty elsewhere in my travels around the world. And from what I've read, overall, Romanians are not without wholesome food. Still, that probably does not apply to this poor man.
It is rather disgraceful how even many so-called developed countries have removed the basic safety net for its retired senior citizens. I question our collective priorities daily.