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Greece: Soup kitchens feed thousands this Christmas

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By Euronews
Greece: Soup kitchens feed thousands this Christmas

<p>With unemployment running at around 25% and no let-up in the ongoing economic crisis gripping Greece, thousands of Athenians have been forced to visit one of the city’s soup kitchens to get a warm plate of food this holiday season.</p> <p>Local authorities with the help of volunteers have been distributing around 1,500 meals per day. </p> <p>One homeless man said the reason he is on the streets is because of “the decisions taken by different governments. For six years I received a disability pension but then they cut it. That’s how I fell into absolute poverty,” he explains.</p> <p>A recent report published by Eurostat revealed that over 122 million EU citizens were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013. </p> <p>Greece ranked poorly with over 35% of the population falling into this category, the third worst among the 28 member states.</p>