chapter  19
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Rosa’s story

The burden of ill health when homeless
ByClare Croft-White and Georgie Parry- Crooke

Stigma, derived from the five marks left on Christ’s body by the Crucifixion known as the stigmata, can be regarded as a sign of beatification or a mark of shame. Among homeless people, the meaning is often all too clear – the mark of disgrace which leads them to be discredited and distrusted. Take Rosa’s story, with her five personal stigmata.