Recent images provided by the Associated Press have revealed receipts from Al-Qaeda depicting recordings penciled in by a ledger with expenses from cakes for less than a dollar, 3,300 bullets for ten dollars a round, travel expenses, and even a hundred dollars-worth of aid to families.
The homeless in America are invisible to most people even when they are within sight. These invisible individuals each have their own unique stories of struggle and survival. With these photos I hope to shed some light on the dark corners and allies that the homeless occupy in society, if only to make people aware of their plight.
Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.
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