Saturday, August 27, 2011

Greek Church Warns Of 'Tsunami Of Poverty

Greece will face a desperate situation this autumn, with a wave of poverty stemming from its crippled economy, a spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Athens warns.

Speaking to Sky's business presenter Jeff Randall for a special programme on Greece's financial woes, Costis Dimtsas described the added pressures the Church were facing in the provision of help for the poor.

"We are at the beginning of the wave," he said.

"At this moment, we just learnt that the tsunami is coming. In September we will see it, and next year we will see the results."

The Church runs a number of feeding stations and shelters around Greece, through a project known as 'The Mission'.

Since the crisis began, those centres have seen a sharp increase in the number of Greeks seeking help.

"About 60% of the beneficiaries are now people of Greek origin," Mr Dimtsas said.

"Two years ago, the statistics were inverse. We had 25-30% Greeks and the rest were immigrants.

"We are handing out 10,000 meals per day. We've been doing it for the last three months in order to confront the financial crisis. more