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The Nix Mangiare steps, Valletta, Malta | by Jean-Paul Borg
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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.

 

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(Source: littlerock.com.mt)

 

"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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Taken on April 21, 2018