“Europe is the baker in Kos who gives away his bread to hungry and weary souls,” the European Commission’s Jean Claude- Juncker had said during his speech on Wednesday.
This baker’s name is Dionisis Arvanitakis.
Arvanitakis provides refugees and migrants that are on the Greek island of Kos with around 100 kilos of bread each day, according to Ethnos newspaper.
During an interview with Ethnos, Arvanitakis said that he had migrated to Australia in 1957, where he had been working in bakeries, and subsequently moved to Kos in 1970 along with his wife.
He noted that what prompted him to begin helping out during this crisis were the refugee and migrant children on the island that collapse and beg for food.
“Those that have never starved, cannot understand the position of these people. Refugees… ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in the same island, parallel lives that converge at the notion of humanity,” he said. The valiant baker seemingly alluded to his belief that there is no us and them, and that we as people, are all one.
During another interview with VIMA FM radio station Arvanitis revealed his frustration with the Greek state.
“It’s the fault of the Greek state. What democracy? In Peloponnesos, when I was young, people were hungry. Things are the same today. Children are hungry, they fall down. I don’t know where the people that have money are. There are people in Kos, 50% of which have money. Where are they now, to give away things,” he told VIMA.
On Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Immigration Policy; Tasia Christodoulopoulou had claimed that the Greek islands that have become the main centres of the refugee and migrant influx have profited financially from this situation. Arvantikis does not share this perspective.
“What she said is a lie. She should come here and see. The politicians that came, people throw yogurts at them. But why? Because this mess is incorrigible and every day we have the same thing. Hunger,” he said.
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