- Idris Ali, 80, has been a cleaner for 70 years
- He decries how cleaners are treated and perceived badly
- However, he is proud of making an honest living and therefore having a clean heart
An 80-year-old Bangladeshi man has told of how he has been a cleaner for an astonishing 70 years.
Writing on photojournalist GMB Akash's Facebook page, Idris Ali said he first resorted to working as a cleaner to save his family from starvation.
He said: "I was not born cleaner. I was an innocent kid who would vomit in bad odor. No one from my family ever was a cleaner. But now I have spent seventy years of my life by cleaning filth and dirt of others."
He decried how badly cleaners are treated and perceived. He even once apologized to his mother because people called her "a cleaner's mother."
However, he said his mother reassured him that she's proud of him and how his income comes from honesty.
Ali narrated how he once found a forgotten gold chain and sold it. His guilt drove him to using all the money to feed his fellow slum dwellers on an Eid festival. He did that to preserve his clean heart.
Having restored his honesty, he was able to sleep peacefully that night. He dreamt of his mother, who had since passed away. She was saying proudly: "I am the cleaner’s mother. My son can be dirty but no one’s heart is as clean as him."
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