Economic disaster has struck Greece. The economy is in free fall. Below are two excerpts from mission groups working in the country.
Painful austerity measures in Greece and economic drama are exacting a deadly toll on the nation.
In the fifth straight year of recession, poverty has deepened, unemployment has hit an unprecedented 18% (with over 42% affecting the 25 to 40 age group), and crime has skyrocketed. Wages have fallen by a third since 2009 and are set to slide a further 15% in the next three years.
I spent the entire day walking in downtown Athens... I wanted to share the feelings of people as they were riding on the metro, walking in the streets, working in the main market, gathering outside of Parliament in Syntagma square. The people of Greece have been shocked by the public suicide of a 77 year old retired pharmacist yesterday morning, in the most central place of Athens, in front of Parliament. He did not make any previous announcement. He paid all his bills, wrote a little note, took his gun and placed a bullet in his head.