The poor ones — and it was with these infelices that Beli had lived often wore rags, walked around barefoot, and lived in homes that looked like they’d been constructed from the detritus of the former world.

from Junot Díaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Excerpt) on Rap Genius

Meaning

These are very poor people who have weathered a lot of dangerous events. Survivors, refugees, like many Jews and other displaced peoples during the Holocaust (see previous sentence).

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