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- The social situation in Greece is rapidly deteriorating. Homelessness, hunger and despair are everywhere. Pockets are empty and people are starving.

In the Kolonos region, many people are forced to look for food in the waste of the markets. These people are the first victims of this crisis and they subsist on rotten fruits and vegetables discarded by vendors at the end of the day. They are surviving with great difficulty.

A young man foraging through the waste told a reporter that he used to have a good job as a construction worker but has been unemployed for three years. He said that he has been foraging for food at the market for the last two months, waiting until it closes to rifle through the garbage, looking for something to eat. He added, "This is happening in a "democratic' country in 2012. Please don't show my picture. I am sorry for myself for my country and I'm sorry I am a Greek."

People are so desperate and hungry that they don't care if the food is rotten. They eat anything they can find. What sort of people? Everybody " Greeks, immigrants " everybody.

A young girl goes to the market each day to collect fruit because she has a big family with lots of brothers and sisters.

A vendor threw out a box of rotten lemons and not even a minute later, a mother with a small child stopped to collect them.

And elderly woman tries to retain her dignity and denies she is looking through the garbage for food.

People who have lost their jobs and businesses go to the market after it closes to find food. This is happening every single day, Monday through Saturday.

Vendors say that customers often ask for credit or a loan to shop for food. People don't have enough to eat. Those who don't manage to find discarded rotten food from the open market go through the public trash in order to find something to eat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcHRBjUc1w&feature=plcp

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