The forgotten people next door

There are often ‘forgotten’ people who when their health takes a turn for the worse frequently have no one to turn to.

I do not know how much attention was paid to the news item, but it certainly captured my attention.


An elderly couple was found dead in their apartment in the Athens suburb of Kallithea. Authorities have said the deaths were not likely caused by a criminal act but rather from heatstroke as there was no air conditioner or even fan [and there was a heat-wave in Athens last week].


It is not the first time we learn of the loss of our fellow human beings with delay.


There are often “forgotten” people who when their health takes a turn for the worse frequently have no one to go to.


Sometimes we discover the presence of these people when we come across an obituary or when we see relatives of the deceased emptying the apartment where they lived.


At that point we wonder about the fact – often with a sense of shame – that in that apartment, behind that door which we walked by every day, there lived a human being and we never considered whether he or she were in need.