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Greeks slide deeper into poverty
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After seven years of bailouts that poured billions of euros into Greece, poverty isn't getting any better; it's getting worse like nowhere else in the EU. A growing number of Greeks are barely getting by, turning to soup kitchens and food banks for handouts: some rice, two bags of pasta, a packet of chickpeas, some dates and a tin of milk for the month.
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February 20, 2017
Food is laid out on a table at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens, Greece. After seven...
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The Wider Image: Greeks slide deeper into poverty
Food is laid out on a table at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens, Greece. After seven years of bailouts that poured billions of euros into their country, poverty isn't getting any better; it's getting worse like nowhere else in the EU.

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February 20, 2017
People eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. Rescue funds from the European Union...
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People eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. Rescue funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund saved Greece from bankruptcy, but the austerity and reform policies the lenders attached as conditions have helped to turn recession into a depression.

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February 20, 2017
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An elderly man sells chestnuts in front of the parliament during a demonstration to demand tax reductions and compensation in Athens. Greece isn't the poorest member of the EU; poverty rates are higher in Bulgaria and Romania. But Greece isn't far behind in third place, with Eurostat data showing 22.2 percent of the population were "severely materially deprived" in 2015. Whereas the figures have fallen sharply in the Balkan states, the Greek rate has almost doubled since 2008, the year the global crisis erupted.

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February 20, 2017
The reality of such statistics becomes clear at places like the food bank run by the Athens municipality:...
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The reality of such statistics becomes clear at places like the food bank run by the Athens municipality: some rice, two bags of pasta, a packet of chickpeas, some dates and a tin of milk for the month of February. According to the head of center Eleni Katsouli, the amount of supplies given to an individual varies each month depending on what is available from donations.

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February 20, 2017
Shopping carts full of plastic bags containing food supplies for impoverished Greeks are seen at an Athens...
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Shopping carts full of plastic bags containing food supplies for impoverished Greeks are seen at an Athens municipality-run center. Figures for the food bank, which serves central Athens, show a similar trend on a local scale to the wider Eurostat data. About 11,000 families - or 26,000 people - are registered there, up from just 2,500 in 2012 and 6,000 in 2014. About 5,000 are children.

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February 20, 2017
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An elderly woman searches through donated clothes at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. International organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, have urged the government to prioritize tackling poverty and inequality.



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February 20, 2017
Children's clothes to be donated to impoverished Greeks are arranged in a stock room at an Athens municipality-run...
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Children's clothes to be donated to impoverished Greeks are arranged in a stock room at an Athens municipality-run center. Unemployment has slipped from a peak of 28 percent of the workforce to 23 percent but the rate remains the highest in the EU. Since the crisis began, the economy has shrunk by a quarter and thousands of businesses have closed for good.

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February 20, 2017
People are reflected on a painting of an icon as they eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church...
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People are reflected on a painting of an icon as they eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. The soup kitchen serves 400 meals a day over four sittings in under two hours.

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February 20, 2017
Retired teacher and volunteer Eva Agkisalaki clears tables at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church...
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Retired teacher and volunteer Eva Agkisalaki clears tables at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. "Everyone is going through hard times - all of Greece is," said Agkisalaki, 61, a former teacher who volunteers there. Agkisalaki did not qualify for a pension because her contract ended when the retirement age was lifted to 67 under the bailout program and she could not find work, she said. Part of her husband's pension, cut to 600 euros from 980 also under reforms demanded by the international lenders, goes to her son and daughter's families. In return for volunteering, Agkisalaki receives handouts from the soup kitchen which she shares among her unemployed daughter and her son.

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February 20, 2017
People line up as they wait to enter a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. "We're vegetating,"...
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People line up as they wait to enter a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. "We're vegetating," said between setting a long wooden table for the next meal of bean soup, bread, an egg, a slice of pizza and an apple. "We just exist. Most Greeks just exist."

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February 20, 2017
People eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. Evangelia Konsta, who oversees the...
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People eat at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens. Evangelia Konsta, who oversees the center and whose business supplies the meat, said the number of people eating at the soup kitchen has more than doubled in two years and the church often also helps cover people's electricity or water bills too. "Things are getting worse, they're not getting better and that's reflected in people's needs," Konsta said. "There are people who haven't even got 1 euro."

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February 20, 2017
A man waits to have his clothes washed by the Ithaca mobile laundry service for the homeless in central...
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A man waits to have his clothes washed by the Ithaca mobile laundry service for the homeless in central Athens. Volunteers drive a van with two washing machines and two dryers to neighborhoods where the homeless gather to help them clean up. "You see the same faces, but also new ones," said Fanis Tsonas, co-founder of the Ithaca mobile laundry, as destitute men and women brought bags of laundry.

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Blankets belonging to a homeless person are seen on a pavement in central Athens.

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Blankets belonging to a homeless person are seen on a pavement in central Athens.

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February 20, 2017
People line up to apply for a social benefit from the Directorate of Social Welfare and Health of the...
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People line up to apply for a social benefit from the Directorate of Social Welfare and Health of the Municipality of Athens.

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February 20, 2017
A butcher waits for clients inside the main meat market of Athens.

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A butcher waits for clients inside the main meat market of Athens.

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February 20, 2017
People make their way outside the main fish market of Athens.

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People make their way outside the main fish market of Athens.

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February 20, 2017
A poverty-stricken area of Perama is seen near Athens.

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A poverty-stricken area of Perama is seen near Athens.

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