In 2008, when Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and other large American banking institutions struggled to stay afloat, the Greeks thought their economy was secure. They hadn’t bought any toxic assets, and were comfortably at home watching the news of the U.S. economic meltdown on television.
Five years later, Greeks are trying to survive their country’s fifth economic recession. The destruction of Greek industries has resulted in local unemployment levels of up to 27 percent and youth unemployment of 62.5 percent. Millions of jobs have been lost and thousands of businesses and factories have closed down.
After six years in recession, the Greek society is collapsing. This is a collection of what the toll has been on Greeks and immigrants in Greece.
Unemployment has passed 27%, factories are closing down, Greek families are suffering and turn to illegal acts to survive, and the healthcare system has collapsed. Despite all these, immigrants from war-stricken countries keep arriving to Greece in search of a better life, but instead they find themselves stuck in a country with no hope.
I decided to show the catastrophic cosequences the crisis had in Greece by photographing the different aspects of life that have been affected.
This is a personal story for me. Until today, I had been travelling to cover crises and warzones in other countries. This time though, the crisis came to me and my family. Along with all other pensioners, most of my friends are unemployed, my father has seen his pension go down by 50%, my daughter doesn't have enough teachers at school and I have lost my healthcare.
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