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2015年07月01日 更新

元麻薬中毒者の男性が、感謝の恩返しのためホームレスの人たちへ「ストリート美容室」を開店

Nasir Sobhaniという男性は、仕事が休みになると街にでて「ストリート美容室」を開催しています。

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路上で暮らすホームレスの人たちへ、無償で髪やヒゲをカットする彼。その善意溢れる行為には、ある理由がありました。

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彼は元、麻薬中毒者です。

しかし懸命な治療の末、みごと麻薬中毒から抜け出せた彼は、見習いから始めて3年前に美容師になったばかり。週6日はお店で働いていますが、お休みのときはこうやってストリート美容室の活動を実施しています。

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お店で髪の毛をカットすると、それなりに高額になりますよね。ホームレスの多くはそのお金がなく、髪の毛やヒゲは放置状態。

でもサッパリすれば気分も明るくなり、そして清潔に、健康にも良くなります。だから彼は、ホームレスの人たちに少しでも笑顔になってもらおうと、貴重な休みを使って活動を続けているのです。

彼はこの行いを、「感謝の恩返し」だと言います。20代の頃は麻薬中毒でボロボロだったけれど、たくさんの人の協力を経て今を元気に生きている。そのことにきちんと感謝して、こうやって別の形で「感謝」を広げて続けています。

そして彼の行動で素晴らしいのが、散髪前後のビフォーアフターをinstagramにアップしている写真と、そこに載せている文章。

This is Ganesh. He is 34 years old and has one daughter. He immigrated to Australia with his mother and brother almost 20 years ago – his father abandoned them in Fiji. Upon arrival at the age of 15, he met a girl. He fell head over heels for her, and she soon became his first love. They got a home together and had a baby daughter. Things were great for him until he found out she was having an affair. After finding out, he didn't leave her – she left him. After she left, she took his daughter with her and then his home. Distraught, broken, and alone, he was forced to live on the streets in his misery. He took up heroin in order to try his best to mask the pain of heartbreak. To this day he says – 10 years later – he's still not over her and hasn't been able to settle down. Thankfully, by the grace of his mother's love she took him into her home and did her best to do what a mother does best – nurture her youngest son. Since then, he has become a full-time carer for his oldest brother Vic (future story) and does his best to try and kick his occasional heroin habit – which has been too hard to kick since his time on the streets. The last time he tried getting a haircut the clipper died halfway through his cut, so he was forced to wear an unfinished cut. When I asked him what he wanted me to do, he said "whatever you want bro, just help make my beard look clean because I want to keep it". So I hooked him up with with a skin fade, beard trim, a line up, and put aftershave on him to not only feel fresh but to look fresh too. When I showed him the mirror, I took a video of his reaction. Make sure to check it out 🙂 #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarberproject #thestreetsbarber

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

彼はガネーシャ。34歳で、娘が1人いるそうです。彼は20年も前に彼の父親から親権を放棄され、母親と兄と共にオーストラリアに移住してきました。そして15歳になったとき、ある女性と恋に落ち、一緒に暮らし、娘ができ、幸せな日々を過ごしていました。ですが彼女の浮気が発覚し、それから更に、彼女は浮気相手と娘と共に彼の家に住み始めたのです。彼は家を出て路上生活をせざる得なくなり、失恋や娘を失ったショックからヘロインに手を出したと言います。彼は10年たった今も、その傷を癒せないでいるのです。

This is Marcel. He is in his late 30's. I may state that many of my street clients are wonderful, sweet and pure souls but I can honestly say that no one, in my experience, has been as kind and and generous as Marcel. He has 4 kids, none of which he gets to see anymore. The mother of his children who was his first love and now ex-wife took them away from him several years back. When him and his wife were together, they would use drugs often and that led his wife to become a street worker in order to make an income to supply their habit. Marcel on the other hand was a musician. When they had their first child they both decided to kick the drugs and clean up. After their fourth child, Marcel lost lots of weight due to various stress and anxiety and his wife thought he was back on the gear again – which in turn led her to leave him and move to Western Australia. That destroyed Marcel's mental and emotional health, causing him to legitimately get back on the gear, which ultimately led him to the streets. He is a chronic alcoholic and drinks mostly to mask his pain from everything. He now busks around the streets of Footscray doing comedy and selling various art pieces. He told me at one point "Man, my kids should be here working and having fun with their dad right now". It was very dark and sad the way he said it. He wanted to keep his dreads but with a faded undercut, a cleanup on his mustache and facial hair. I finished him off with a dry shampoo and aftershave. After the cut he had a dollar coin and asked me if I had extra change to give him for a beverage and I told him I only had card and no cash – which he literally understood as me not having any money and he was like "aw man, take my last dollar". He thanked me, put it in my hand and walked away. I almost cried from that selfless gesture. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

彼はマルセル。歳は30代後半になるそうです。彼には4人の子供がいます。が、彼の元奥さんは、彼から子供を連れ去ってしまいました。彼と元奥さんは、若い頃は二人そろってドラッグを使用していたそうです。しかし子供ができたときに、もう麻薬はやめようと決意。しかし彼らに4人目の子供ができたとき、マルセルはストレスや不安により体重がどんどん減っていき、奥さんはその様子を見て、彼がまた薬物を始めたと疑ったそうです。そして奥さんは、子供を連れて出て行ってしまいました。今では彼は、その精神的ショックから感情や健康を損ない、その傷を紛らわせようとアルコール依存になってしまいました。

This is Mark. He's 28 years old. He hasn't had contact with his family for nearly a decade. I've known of Mark for a while now and would show him love everytime I bumped into him, and he would reciprocate with so much joy. You could tell he just wanted someone to talk to. Today when I saw him on the street, I asked if he'd be interested in a cut. His eyes lit up as he said "Ya man, I haven't had a chance to get groomed in 8 or 9 months." He told me he'd been homeless for 3 years. He said it wasn't drugs which led him to the streets – that although he uses both heroin and meth occasionally, he does so more for social reasons, so he can 'fit in' and feel like he has friends. He got kicked out of his accommodation 3 years ago and hasn't been able to land a proper job or home since. He suffers from mental illness too – "I'm really depressed and hear voices in my head, Nas" – he told me, and that's another reason why he's on the streets. He has no support system and doesn't really have friends. He is lonely and just wants people to show him love and accept him. He said he often thinks about reconnecting with his family, especially during Christmas and New Years when he's alone. Listening to his story I just felt sick to my stomach at how neglected he felt. He has no support system, no friends and no family to support him. He actually didn't even have proper clothes on! His jeans were ripped and falling off his waist. He had no underwear on, and his shirt was also ripped and dirty. I had to go the full 9 yards on the brother! I went and bought him a new outfit and really took my time grooming him – with a cut, beard trim, dry shampoo, aftershave, and style. Looking at him afterwards I was quite taken aback myself and told him "Mark, you look so good bro" and he responded with "I know, and I feel GREAT!". That response made me so happy and I just took his hand and said "I hope you realize you've made a friend for life now.. see you around soon." I love this guy – his sincerity and open heart. Thanks for opening my eyes, Mark. Bless. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber #thestreetsbarberproject

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

彼の名はマーク。28歳です。彼はもう10年ほど、家族とは絶縁状態になっています。私が彼に声をかけたとき、「おれはもう、8、9ヶ月ほど髪の手入れなんてしなかったよ」と言いました。彼がホームレスになったのは、3年前。家を追い出されてしまったことをきっかけに、仕事も家も失ってしまったそうです。彼はときどき、ヘロインとメタを吸ってしまうと言います。そしてその中毒に苦しんでいます。頭の中で、声が聞こえてくると。彼は依存症に苦しんでいますが、彼は何のサポートも受けていません。友達もおらず、家族とも絶縁状態の彼は、孤独です。誰かが彼を愛して、彼を受け入れてくれるよう、僕は祈ります。

This is Graham. He's 33 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He is forced to live on the streets because he has no family. When I asked him about homeless shelters, he told me that they couldn't accommodate him due to the fact that the government requires trained staff on-call 24 hours who are capable of caring and assisting people with disabilities – like Graham. However the cost is too high and shelters (like the Salvation Army) do not have enough funding for such staff, which means he often has nowhere to stay. The really sad thing is, he told me his disabilities were due to severe head trauma from his childhood. He explained that when he was 2 years old he was taken away from his Aboriginal mother and forced to go to an 'Anglo Saxon school'. This was an attempt for the Indigenous peoples to adapt and learn the Anglo Australian culture and way of life – in hopes that they forget their own culture. Graham was one of many children who were part of this 'Stolen Generation'. It was in school that he got beaten so bad that his skull shattered and left him with lifelong injuries. The brain injury left him with epilepsy and cerebral palsy – the right side of his body cannot function properly. When I began the haircut he told me the reason why he looked the way he did was because he simply couldn't reach his head properly to give himself a cut/shave. Even combing his matted up and dreaded hair was so difficult due to his inability to brush and comb his own hair. After a haircut, face shave and a dry shampoo treatment we finished of by styling his hair with some wax and hairspray and rubbed his face and neck with a sweet smelling aftershave. He was in tears when he saw his before and after photo – and then said he felt like a million bucks. Oh ya, this was his first haircut in 6 years. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

彼は33歳のグラハム。彼は、脳性麻痺やてんかんに苦しんでいます。彼は身内がおらず、路上生活を余儀なくされている状態。彼は、24時間体制で介護スタッフが必要であるため、政府機関に受け入れてもらうことができなかったそうです。介護費や治療費がかかりすぎると、資金もスタッフも足りず、シェルターで滞在することができない…。彼は2歳のとき、アボリジニの母親の元を離れ、アングロサクソンの学校に行くことを余儀なくされたと言いました。そこでの体験が、彼に脳性麻痺やてんかん症状のきっかけを与えたと。彼は今でも、体の右半身を正常に機能させることができません。

このようにNasirさんは、一人ひとり、路上で出会うお客さんの身の上話を丁寧に聞いて、それぞれの苦悩や悩み、過去を知っては、彼らが幸せになるように、この生活から抜け出せるようにと、祈っているのです。彼のお客さんは、まだまだたくさんいます。

This is Rachel. She is 28 years old and has one son. I was roaming the streets with my kit and Rachel walked by and said "hey, you're the guy that gives free haircuts to us street folk!" I said hi, and asked if she was keen to get a free cut, which she was. This made me particularly happy because that day I had my friend Saba (@monzaviyan) offering to do makeup for my female clients if they wanted it. Anyway, we started talking, and Rachel told me she had been on the streets since she was 13 years old. She didn't go into too much detail but told me that she really had a rough upbringing and that's why she ran away and got adopted by the streets. She told me she had been using heroin on and off for 15 years. My heart sank, knowing she was only 28. She explained that she started using in order to try and mask the trauma from her childhood. As a 13 year old, however, she didn't know how to use heroin so acquaintances on the street would shoot it into her veins for her. I was so shocked and saddened when I heard that – I couldn't say anything for a bit and cut her hair in silence. She continued to tell me that after a while she had to learn to do it herself. 15 years later she works as a street worker almost everyday. Her son, Xavier, is only one years old and the "joy of my life" she told me. She's hoping to leave Footscray and move to a less drug infested suburb for them to live in. She had dreams for the future but was a slave to the streets and drugs in the meantime. In terms of the cut, she told me that she hadn't had a proper haircut since she was 13. She asked me to go short on the sides, blending it up to the top, keeping the top longer and messy – bit of a pixie cut. I also gave her a dry shampoo, only to finish off with Saba applying her makeup which she was very eager to have done. When she saw what she looked like she couldn't believe it was her. Heck none of us could. I really wish Rachel and her son Xavier get a chance for a clean start. We all deserve a second chance, but Rachel never really got her first one. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber #thestreetsbarberproject

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

This is Kevin. He's 48 years old and has been on the streets for a while now. The only time he's got a roof over his head is when he's in prison. In his 48 years he's been in and out of jail roughly 20 times – always for armed robbery and theft, in order to support his drug habit. You'd think he would have learnt his lesson but drugs like heroin have a grip on your life that is very difficult for those who may not suffer for addiction to fully understand: it's often irrational and not in your control. Kevin has unfortunately contracted Hepatitis C during his years using heroin and sharing needles – his liver was failing slowly, you could tell with the condition of his hair and skin. At one point I left to grab some stuff to help cut with and when I came back Kevin was right there waiting patiently guarding all my tools and equipment – I'm sure some people would have thought that due to his past he would have stolen from me – but I had faith in him and gave him the benefit of the doubt. He was a genuinely good person – you could tell in his heart – it's just that heroin masked it. He asked for a number 4 all around because it's easy and simple – "it gets the job done". But I insisted I do a bit more. So I gave him a 4 on top with a number 2 taper on the side, lined him up, trimmed his eyebrows, gave him a dry shampoo treatment, shaved his face and dabbed some fresh aftershave on his face and neck. Afterward he felt so fresh and wanted to know where I worked so when he got some cash he could drop it off to pay for this haircut. I told him I wouldn't accept it but he persisted. I asked him how much he felt this was worth. He told me "I don't know, 10-20 dollars?" Then I told him to make me a promise that when he gets his next 10-20 dollars that he puts it to something other than heroin. He looked at me and said "Nas, I promise you that". I trust him. #cleancutcleanstart #thestreetsbarber

Nasir Sobhaniさん(@thestreetsbarber)が投稿した写真 –

Nasirさんの髪を切る行為は、ただ清潔さを保つだけのものではありません。その人の人となりを知り、少しでもコミュニケーションを深め、そして身なりをキレイにすることで、自分と同じように、新たなスタートを切るきっかけになってほしい。そんな想いが、こめられているのではないでしょうか。

彼の活動は少しずつメディアにも知れ渡り、彼の行いや、お客さんたちの人となりが、多くの人に考えるきっかけを与えてくれています。

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