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Fear. Loathing. Athens

 

Magasinet cover (supplement magazine in DN newspaper, Norway)

Magasinet cover (supplement magazine in DN newspaper, Norway)

A great article by Norwegian journalist Eskil Engdal on the situation at Perama neighborhood, one of the poorest areas in Athens with an unemployment of more than 50%. It’s front page title says “Fear. Loathing. Athens. Merry Crisis and Happy New Fear”. Eskil left Athens with the impression that there is a lot of fear in Greek society. Average Greeks are afraid of losing their jobs, or of a grim future for their children. They are afraid of what the next day will bring. Migrants are afraid of Golden Dawn. Golden Dawn is afraid that migrants will change the demographics of the country, they will turn Greece to an islamic country, or simply that they will “steal” our jobs. Eskil is not wrong.

Tomm Christiansen produced some great photos for the article and the newspaper accompanied the online version of their story on Greece with my short documentary on political graffiti “The Wake Up Call“.

The cover’s graffiti is by Sidron and it’s a block away from Athens’ historic Polytechnic.

Another one bites the dust

Here’s the story of one more Greek who decided to leave the country. It is probably more interesting for people outside Greece as the comments by Greek viewers have been mixed. You see, the harsh reality of most Greeks, both those who leave Greece in despair and those who can’t leave the country, is much worse than the story portrayed in this video. As one viewer commented “she has a nice appartment, she can afford a dog and 750 euro per month is not that bad nowadays. I can’t understand why she is complaining”.

To judge her situation only is the best way to miss the point here. It’s not just the brain drain, it’s the thousands of Greeks who are leaving the country, lately in panick. I don’t care if this girl’s life was above the average Greek’s standard. I simply respect her decision for a living a life with dignity.

The video was produced by Reuters.