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Shocking social experiment: a child actress was dressed first as a poor and then as a rich girl! 7/20/2016 •

This experiment by Unicef has provoked a heated discussion on the Internet. Its aim was to find out how people would react to a rich and poor child being alone in a public place. The results were quite surprising.


The experiment was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. Anano, a six-year old actress, was first dressed in good clothes. When she walked along the streets alone as if she was lost, people paid attention to her. Some of them came up to the girl and asked if she needed help and where her parents were.

However, when Anano was dressed as a poor girl in shabby and dirty clothes, people didn’t even notice her. Nobody had ever come up or spoken to her. At first, the authors of the experiment hoped that people on the streets were too busy and thus, didn’t notice the child.

In the second part of the experiment, they asked Anano to enter one of Tbilisi cafés in order to see how people there would react to her. The results were almost the same. When Anano looked as an ordinary well-dressed child, people smiled and eagerly talked to her. When she looked as a homeless girl, she was totally ignored. When she tried to speak to somebody, people turned their backs or told her to go away. Some of them even seemed worried about their bags and other belongings. One of the café visitors was so rude, that Anano couldn’t help crying. She left the café in tears and the experiment was stopped.

According to Unicef, there are about 150 million homeless children in the world whose chances to die young are very high. Unfortunately, as the experiment showed, most people don't even pay attention to such children.

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And how would you react? Would you react differently to a poor child and a rich one?

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56 Comments
myrarocksnrolls
This is appalling. If I saw a child alone on the street, regardless of dress, I would go to them and try to help.
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Jul 20, 2016 8:33PM
Tomron Wallen
Tomron Wallen
I live in a middle to upper income area (Palm Springs), go from point to point by car, and don't come accress lost children (not many children at all), so this tragic picture of humanity is new (and shocking) to me. This is further complicated by the fact that I'm travelling to France next month, and it's for sure I'll come accross many more "types" of people, including children. I've been reading all the caution advice, which includes don't be 'disgtracted' by children, who could well me decoys for robberies or terrorists. How will I respond? Stay tuned.
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Jul 20, 2016 8:36PM
Danny More
Danny More
Any child on the strees by them self... Youy should ask if they need help...Call the police...
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Jul 20, 2016 8:39PM
Bryon Grosz
Bryon Grosz
Well, we only know that this is how people in Tbilisi, Georgia react. Need to widen the experiment.
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Jul 20, 2016 8:41PM
Theda Gallegos
Theda Gallegos
Maybe they should try this in the U.S. and see what happens
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Jul 20, 2016 8:46PM
Jeannette Granto Tuczynski
I would hope I am a good enough person to help out both children. I am sure that I would actually.
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Jul 20, 2016 8:46PM
Marge E. Newby
I t happened to me i would get help
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Jul 20, 2016 8:49PM
danny powell
Many people just have their head in the clouds and don't recognize or worse, choose to ignore the sufferings of others. I would do everything in my power to help either one.
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Jul 20, 2016 8:55PM
Ian MacBrown
Why am I not surprised? :-/
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Jul 20, 2016 8:59PM
Chad Stahoviak
Chad Stahoviak
My faith in society has been tarnished as it is, this is appalling !! What happened to love thy neighbor? I wonder how many of these people call themselves Christians? Bet it was about75% of them!
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Jul 20, 2016 9:02PM

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