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Cases of Greek starving children increase

We read about them here and there. A child in Central Greece or a child in Peloponnese. Children that go to school and faint of starvation. Latest example, the case of a second-grade student who fainted on his way to school in Patras. When the teachers asked the boy, if he had any physical complaint, the boy told them, he  didn’t have any proper meal for two days, except some milk. Local newsportal PatrasTimes reported that the parents’ of other children and the teachers association collected food and supplied the family.

Two days earlier, the director of an elementary school from Trikala wrote an open letter about a six-year-old child in her class. “After almost a week of school absence, the child returned to school, emaciated, cachectic, with trembling all over his body. The parents of this little child are unemployed. They live in a slum. They lack even the bread. they literally starving. I saw these conditions as I paid a visit to their home. But not only this child is undernourished. ”

The school director of Gomfwn calls her colleagues to write down the cases of malnutrition in the prefecture’s schools and take action against it, collecting aid from several organisations.

Where’s the school breakfast?

The governments’ plans to distribute breakfast, sandwiches, milk and snacks to schools to catch up the case of starvation has not been materialize yet.

Only plan that came into effect is the free distribution of fruits in the context of EU promotion of fresh fruits and healthy eating habits to school children. The free distribution started yesterday, Thursday.

Teachers and 148 students in an elementary school in Irakleio, Crete were badly surprised when they opened their fruit-boxes distributed on Friday morning: many fruits were rotten, while others were off season, meaning they were not fresh but had come from the fridges of fruit suppliers.

Yes, only private initiative counts in times when the only care of the state is to negotiate with the Troika more lay-offs, imposing of unbearable taxes and other austerity measures that kill the income of millions of Greek households.

PS yeap! I can trick my hunger with an apple… but only if I am on diet…

 

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7 comments

  1. in ireland our minister for agriculture stood in parliament and castigated a number of our processing companies for lying about these matters
    GREED caused all of us to be in the mess we are will people never learn
    SHAME on any administration to let their people go without proper nutritious food

  2. Children starve, but at the same time….

    “Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Mavraganis admitted on Friday that the state had collected only a fraction of the outstanding tax arrears owed to the state by companies and individuals with the largest debts.

    The minister was speaking in Parliament in response to a question submitted by the independent MP Odysseas Voudouris. The deputy had sought an explanation as to why authorities have collected only 19 million euros of an estimated 13 billion euros owed to the state by large-scale debtors.”

    Jesus, only 19 million out of 13 billion!!! In any other country these large-scale debtors would be on trial within few weeks and a verdict would follow right after that (following the public pressure).

    What are the greek judges and prosecutors waiting for?

  3. Rene Lucinda Krallis

    The fat cats at the top need to start paying their outstanding taxes first… after all, they are the ones who owe the most. My husband is wheelchair bound and has a disability pension, he didn’t receive it for 8 months and when he did eventually receive it, it was far less than what was owed. If he were living alone he would have starved to death because the guys at the top are too busy lining their pockets first.

  4. cyril mc donnell

    in ireland if the money is not collected we just borrow more from the eu and they are delighted to lend after all when our banks were given billions by the eu the taxpayers will be the people to pay

  5. “What are the Greek judges and prosecutors waiting for?”
    The system doesn’t work because many of the above belong to the group at the top and either have been paid to delay or are waiting for a packet.

  6. A statement from Yves Daccord, European Red Cross, puts this sad, sad tale in a European perspective. Published in the Flemish “De Standard” her http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=DMF20130317_00506753
    Mr Daccord states that the Red Cross is now handing out more food aid than it did immediately after WW2. He alos states that for the first time in it’s history the Red Cross is forced to concentrate the efforts of it’s national divisions on assistance withon their area instead off assistance to outside, worse off areas.
    More and more “middelstand” (white collar workers and self employed) are looking for assostance with basic food supplies. In Belgium, a record of 121,000 families now depend on the local Red Cross. The situation is, according to Mr. Daccord also echoed in the “rich’ countires, with assistance being requested inplaces like Luxembourg and Finland. According to the Red Cross spokesman the worst hit sectors of the European population are the elderly and children, mainly those from one-parent families.

    But, banks must of course be saved, it’s only the right thing to do. As Frau Merkel is reported in “Deutshce Welle” as declaring to be the only right policy…