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Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, and nobodies, dream of escaping poverty: that one magical day good luck will suddenly rain down on them--will rain down in buckets. But good luck doesn't rain down yesterday, today, tomorrow, or ever. Good luck doesn't even fall in a fine drizzle, no matter how hard the nobodies summon it, even if their left hand is tickling, or if they begin the new day with their right foot, or start the new year with a change of brooms.
The nobodies: nobody's children, owners of nothing. The nobodies: the no ones, the nobodied, running like rabbits, dying through life, screwed every which way.
Who are not, but could be.
Who don't speak languages, but dialects.
Who don't have religions, but superstitions.
Who don't create art, but handicrafts.
Who don't have culture, but folklore.
Who are not human beings, but human resources.
Who do not have faces, but arms.
Who do not have names, but numbers.
Who do not appear in the history of the world, but in the police blotter of the local paper.
The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them.


Works Cited

Galeano, Eduardo. "The Nobodies."  The Book of Embraces. Trans. Cedric Belfrage.  New York:  Norton, 1992.  73.


Why we chose this page:

This abrazo was each of the group member's favorite. Everyone can relate to being a nobody at some point in their life. This site is dedicated to helping the nobodies around the world and can provide help to those who feel like they don't make an impact on society. As college students we encounter situations that make us feel like a nobody, so it was very easy for us to realate to the abrazo. Hope you enjoy your journey through our site!

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