A heartbreaking and unfortunately real story of a little girl, who resides at a nursery in Kallithea, in Athens was in tears shouting “Mommy, take us home and we will never ask for food again!” She begs her mother to take her and her two siblings back home. The mother runs away crying as she cannot afford to take her children with her. “But sweetheart, we have nothing to eat at home,” she replies.
Due to the economic crisis, she is not able to offer her children basic necessities of life such as food and shelter, forcing her to take her children to the nursery. Undaunted, the child continues with a seriousness way beyond her years, “Mommy, take us home and we will never be hungry again, I promise you!”
Generally, there are many similar stories in Greece as UNICEF reports the number of 600,000 of the country’s young who are living under the poverty line.
The phenomenon of malnutrition has become a reality in Greece ever since the beginning of the debt crisis in 2010, forcing a growing number of organizations and individuals into a daily fight to feed the hungry.
At the same time, some areas of Athens, such as Keratsini, Tambouria, Agia Varvara, Peristeri, Ano Liosia as well as in Western Thessaloniki and in Crete, there are ever-increasing incidents of starved students fainting in class. This has led to a rush by the myriad of Parents’ Associations in the country in aim to help the families in dire economic straits.