The Nix Mangiare steps, Valletta, Malta
The Nix Mangiare steps
("Nothing to eat" steps)
Once home for starving beggers, these steps are a grim testimony to Malta’s starving people.
The stairs connect the Barriera Wharf in the Grand Harbour, Malta, to Victoria Gate and into Valletta.
"For several decades, during the early British occupation, these steps were the the haunt of all sorts of Maltese beggars. Strictly those in a terrible hurry braved these steps, only to be pulled and prodded by eager hands and shouts of 'Nix mangiare, nix mangiare'; others preferred to walk the extra 200 meters around in order to walk in peace," told us Joseph Piccinino.
Photographer Frank Lea-Ellis added: "The Nix Mangiare steps went down to the harbour and were a well known haunt for beggars - unemployment was a real fact of life with no recourse to social benefits like there is today."
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