Tales from the Conspiratum

Women who sleep rough have no escape from sexual violence and struggle to deal with basic menstrual hygiene.

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by Alasdair Soussi

Barbara* lost her accommodation and says she has felt threatened by men while living on the streets [Alasdair Soussi/Al Jazeera]
Barbara* lost her accommodation and says she has felt threatened by men while living on the streets [Alasdair Soussi/Al Jazeera]

Names marked with an asterisk* in this piece have been changed to protect the interviewees’ anonymity.

Glasgow, Scotland – Sitting under the railway bridge at Glasgow Central Station, Alison* watches the world go by as an ice-cold December night grips Scotland‘s largest city.

Her eyes are sunken, her blonde hair matted, and her hands are calloused and caked with grime. As emphysema slowly takes its toll, her body is failing.

At just 36, Alison* has been a rough sleeper – on and off – for more than 20 years. Homeless, roofless and almost forgotten, she exists only on the fringes of society.

“When I wake up in…

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