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Don’t listen to offers from a person who can’t help themselves

Proverb in the local language
Djongotodo da ta pui alguem na ragás.
Proverb's direct translation
A man already on his knees cannot take anyone on his lap.
Proverb's meaning
Don't take a man at his word if he is unable to help himself. Said of Portuguese colonialist propaganda to "help Africans to a better life".
From: Guinea-Bissau

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