In a 1,975 word article entitled, Orphans of the EU Meltdown, written by Ian Birrell, the Daily Mail tries to describe the “shocking picture that shows how middle class parents in Greece are dumping their children in orphanages so they won’t starve.”
Ian Birrell went to the Zanneio Child Care Institution in Athens and heard tragic stories about families that were separated due to the economic crisis and particularly stories about children being the “forgotten victims of the Eurozone crisis, handed over by parents who can no longer afford to feed them.”
The Daily Mail underlines that, “Ten per cent of Greek children are said to be at risk of hunger. Teachers talk of cancelling PE classes because children are underfed, and of seeing pupils pick through bins for food.” It also worth mentioning that the Child’s Smile, a Greek charity for families in crisis, helped 10,927 children in 2012 with emergency supplies of food, clothes, shoes, school books and psychological support, compared to 4,465 children in 2011. Another charity, SOS Children’s Villages, helped 47 families five years ago; today it is helping 900 and opening new centers across Greece to stave off family breakdown amid soaring poverty.
About all these families in Greece that can no longer provide for their children the newspaper wrote, “All of these families are deeply disappointed. They feel that whatever they do, nothing can be done to change their circumstances in the crisis.”
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