Thousands of Children Live on the Street



Children Live on the StreetNearly six thousand children in Greece live on the street. Little girls and boys who sell tissues and flowers, clean car windows at traffic lights or beg passers-by to make a living.

These children are mainly from other countries such as Bulgaria and Romania and have  come to Greece with their families to work. Meni Christidou, a social worker at the independent NGO PRAKSIS that operates especially in Athens and Thessaloniki, talked to ANAmpa about the problem of child labor that has been exacerbated due to the economic crisis.

The number of these children rises at Christmas and Easter, because during these periods the sentiments of care and offer towards young beggars are much stronger.

The majority of the children who live on the street are from 5 to 12 years old. In Athens and Thessaloniki they usually work downtown because the center is more crowded.

“Very often,” as Christidou says, “we can see children near churches or in the regions near the center. In the evening, children can be found not in the center of the city but in places where there are a lot of bars and restaurants and people go to have fun”.

Patras has the same problem of children living on the street, but these children are mostly immigrants who try to leave from the city and the country with their families.

According to Christidou, “some children work and beg on the street in order to contribute to the family income. However, most of them work hard and give their earnings to exploitation networks. The merchants of this modern human trafficking often transfer the children from one region to another in order not to be noticed by the police”.


26 COMMENTS

  1. Most of the begging children have parents nearby. Their parents just shamelessly put up their own children to beg for them rather protect their children and beg themselves. The children aren’t to blame for their circumstances but parents are. Virtually all their parents are illegals that disrespected our borders. Many of them engage in criminal activity. Not all of them are terrible people but the leftists that try to turn them all into “victims” purely because they are poor are irrational.

    Kindness towards those that are poor is a wonderful thing but the context of that help matters. If it comes in the form of blackmail, violence or guilt manipulations you aren’t being kind giving. You are just a sucker being played. This why the troika insisted on austerity measures for Greece. They don’t want their taxpayers being suckers any longer.

    Perpetually feeding pigeons will just end up with them crapping on both you and themselves. Teaching a man to fish is what’s wise.

  2. Here we go again….

    How would you know what the situation is really like, Alex the Arse as you don’t even live here?

    When was the last time you saw a begging child in Greece and a parent nearby?

    What evidence do you have that “virtually all their parents are illegals?

    What evidence have you that “many of these parents engage in criminal activity”?

    Can you give us examples of how leftists are presenting them as victims because they are poor?

    Will you tell us that you really live in the States and that for all your opinions about life is here you really haven’t a clue?

    In other words, you don’t know what you are talking about, do you? You are so quick at boring us all with your tedious sweeping statements and are never able to back up your lies.

    So, come on and attempt to answer these questions and prove me wrong.

    Note to reader: Alex won’t answer these questions of course. Instead he will brand me and anyone else a leftist and FYROM supporter.

  3. Here we go againt with Alex Prime Minister of Greece handleswapping while complaining to me protesting against leftist and Skopians.

    This is the same Alex Prime Minister that claimed to be a “Golden Dawn supporter”. Is there a single GD supporter on earth that defends communists and skopians as obsessively as he does?

    Tell it to the fish you manipulative moron.

  4. “Kosta k” is his real name. He swears he isn’t a handleswapping manipulator “Alex Prime Minister’ or say “choralife” who’s also used dozens of handles on this website.

    My name on the other hand is really “Orwell”.

  5. I didn’t label geo a leftist despite that he disagrees with me. This is because he doesn’t obsessively defend leftists and leftist positions as you constantly do. (typically something leftist do no?)

    Are you really a leftist? I’m leaning toward no… because Skopians like you vote for ultra right Gruevski in your own homeland. You just manipulatively support leftists in Greece to try and divide us like you did when you were communists.

  6. I knew it! You didn’t answer my questions. What a surprise! Instead you brand me a Skopian!

    How ridiculous you are.

    Here they are again, you imbecile:

    When was the last time you saw a begging child in Greece and a parent nearby?

    What evidence do you have that “virtually all their parents are illegals?

    What evidence have you that “many of these parents engage in criminal activity”?

    Can you give us examples of how leftists are presenting them as victims because they are poor?

    Now, can you answer these questions and admit you don’t live in Greece?

  7. No, you idiot. geospa300 is clearly a fascist sympathizer supporting GD, so why you would brand him a leftist?

    And now you are branding me a Skopian because I am showing everyone what an ignoramus and buffoon you are!

    You really are ridiculous Alex the Arse.

  8. Hey d*ckface. I can see others dislike you as we’ll. loool.
    What about the Greek parents dumping their children in orphanages? You forget that.

    Now, go dry hump that cheap fold up chair in your hallway & stfu.

  9. Guys, it’s actually Kostas Spyroglou or one thing like that. If you think he’s a nutter here, you should see what he posts on YT under hundreds of accounts & Topix. Idiocy at its best

  10. Just more proof that this phoney Coalition government is “rotten to the core” and must be brought down without further destroying the very fabric of Greek Society, who are fed up with all the pending farce trials (Akis Tzahadsopolous) and Scandals (Papaconstantiou and Venizelos) and all the absurd shams and frauds they tried to pass off as serious “investigations” or Inquiries. Even “King” idiot Papandreaou remains arrogant & won’t attend! Can you imagine the nerve???

    These corrupt Politicians must all be booted out of the Greek Parliament (Vouli) and tried for “High Crimes” and Treason against the State as “traitors” to their own country–
    ***Get rid of them now — before its too late!

  11. When are the Greek People going to stop being the COWARDS they have been for 30 years and STAND UP and DEMAND “TRUTH & JUSTICE” from their pathetic thieving Politicians?!

    Are you going to GO DOWN LIKE COWARDS… or FIGHT for your rights like human
    beings?!

  12. Just more proof that this phoney Coalition government is “rotten to the core” and must be brought down without further destroying the very fabric of Greek Society, who are fed up with all the pending farce trials (Akis Tzahadsopolous) and Scandals (Papaconstantiou and Venizelos) and all the absurd shams and frauds they tried to pass off as serious “investigations” or Inquiries. Even “King” idiot Papandreaou remains arrogant & won’t attend! Can you imagine the nerve???

    These corrupt Politicians must all be booted out of the Greek Parliament (Vouli) and tried for “High Crimes” and Treason against the State as “traitors” to their own country–
    ***Get rid of them now — before its too late!

  13. Once Golden Dawn takes power they will solve this problem of 60000 illegal immigrant children squatting on the streets of Greek cities very quickly.
    Ofcourse the parents of these illegal immigrant children shamefully risk their childrens health sending them onto the street to beg.
    Golden Dawn will sweep them all up in a single day and deport them to their nations of origin. Ofcourse the children will be given a quick medical check up to ensure they are in good health for the trip.

  14. Come on Alex the Arse, you’ll have to do better than use another fake handle.

    And who the hell is Kostas Spyroglou or whatever?

    Still haven’t answered my questions. Could it be perhaps because you are incapable and have been caught out as an bigoted ignoramus who does not what they are talking about and doesn’t want to admit that by living in the U.S. they know nothing about how things really are here?

  15. ????

    You claimed I label everyone that disagrees with me a leftist and skopian. I mentioned geo as evidence I don’t. Can’t you even remember what you say you moron.

    You are ridiculous with your pathetic handle swapping to make yourself appear like dozens of different people on this website Mr. Prime Minisiter. You lie and lie through your teeth.

  16. Opa is some Skopian nut who thinks everyone that criticizes Skopians is someone name “kosta” .

    I love how you align yourself with the Skopian troller that constantly demonizes Greeks Mr. Prime Minister

  17. Hilarious. OPA is a Skopian that hates Greeks and you agree with him!.

    Keep up the good work “defending” Greece you manipulative Greek hating pr-cks.

  18. Is that sort of like the COWARDS that handleswap trying to trick posters into supporting them?

  19. The current EU Commissison and European Coalition governments has turned out
    to be a “gang of thieves” and traitors ruled by EU conscience-less crooks, and
    they must be “brought down” at all costs to save Greece, Italy, Spain &
    Cyprus from continued pillaging and criminal activity, where they are looting EU
    Banks and taxppayers thru their own corrupt parties. And in Greece the corrupt
    two parties of PASOK & ND’s recent interference and attempts to stop the
    “Legard List Inquiry” and “Siemen’s Scandal” investigations only shows more
    their bold crimes and lack of transparency.

    The EU Commission in Brussels needs to be brought down to stop the plunder,
    rape and pillage from these despicable henchmen from the Troika!

    Enough is enough of these disgraceful bullies from Brussels!!

  20. But your beloved communist Syriza supports the EU. Do you disagree with the communists now? You really need to make your mind up.

  21. No wonder. As of 1949 they are abusive on Macedonian Private Property, so they don’t own the land.

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