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Amid Cutbacks, Greek Doctors Offer Message to Poor: You Are Not Alone
ATHENS — As the head of Greece’s largest oncology department, Dr. Kostas Syrigos thought he had seen everything. But nothing prepared him for Elena, an unemployed woman whose breast cancer had been diagnosed a year before she came to him. By that time, her cancer had grown to the size of an orange and broken through the skin, leaving a wound that she was draining with paper napkins. “When we saw her we were speechless,” said Dr. Syrigos, the chief of oncology at Sotiria General Hospital in central Athens. “Everyone was crying. Things like that are described in textbooks, but you never see them because until now, anybody who got sick in this country could always get help.” More...


SMH Reports Extensively on Greek Crisis-Hit Families Giving Up Their Children
Daily Sydney Morning Herald made an extensive report on a new dramatic phenomenon taking place in recession-hit Greece: Families are beginning to abandon their children because of their inability to take care of them.
More and more families, especially from the middle and lower classes and those with many children, are facing extremely difficult times at this 5th consecutive year of recession plaguing the country. People, who used to struggle to make ends meet, are now at the mercy of the social services, the Church’s food banks and the philanthropy of wealthier fellow people. More...


For Greeks, Painful Cuts Keep Tearing At The Social Fabric
Georgia Kolia, 63, has two adult children, both unemployed. She works as a volunteer distributing loaves of bread at the Agia Zonis Orthodox church soup kitchen for the poor in Athens, Greece, in April 2012.
Greeks are feeling the squeeze. The social repercussions of three years of austerity measures imposed by international lenders are hitting hard. Thousands of businesses have shut down, unemployment is nearly 27 percent and rising, and the once dependable safety net of welfare benefits is being pulled in.....More...