While recession in Greece deepens, more and more families watch their everyday lives turn into a frenzy of hopelessness and poverty. The social impact of the debt crisis is directly connected to the severe cuts in pensions and salaries, the cuts in benefits, the skyrocketing prices, and the increased taxation imposed by an austerity bailout package that is pushing the middle class of the debt-ridden country into demise.
An extensive report by British newspaper Daily Mail only confirms that the crisis is now targeting the core of the Greek society: the family.
Among others the UK daily reports that ever since the crisis broke out, the number of mothers and couples abandoning their children to institutions, other people or even out on the streets because of their inability to pay for their care is rising. Unemployed parents find it hard to make ends meet and cannot even take care of themselves, while many young people are prohibited from dreaming to create their own family amidst the growing instability and financial turmoil. There are even stories of parents selling their children to others who have no family of their own because of the firsts’ financial hardships.
Poverty, homelessness, hunger and unemployment are daily phenomena plaguing an alarmingly increasing number of people. The “new homeless” generation is standing in queue waiting for a free meal at the numerous food banks organized in most Greek cities. Charity may be currently blooming across the country but things are expected to deteriorate.
People of all ages and economic or social background are searching through the garbage for valuables they can use or sell. Public healthcare cuts make it impossible for uninsured people to visit a hospital anymore, while a new package of austerity measures is expected to be introduced in the next month. Life quality has dropped 20 percent in the past few years, while suicide and depression rates are constantly rising.