Tuesday, August 06, 2013

What is Austerity?

Unicef estimated that nearly 600,000 children lived under the poverty line in Greece, and more than half that number lacked basic daily nutritional needs. "In poorer families we are seeing an inability to cope with children's health, social and educational needs," said Lambros Kanellopoulos, who heads Unicef's Greek branch.

The Greek Orthodox church alone feeds an estimated 55,000 people a day; municipal authorities distribute another 7,000 meals at soup kitchens around Athens. There are now 700 soup kitchens across Greece.

It's not just Greece, the Ombudsman of Catalonia, one of the richest regions in Europe, has identified 50,000 children who are going without food these holidays.


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