EU Prosperity? A Greek Family of 5 Living In Carton Boxes [Video]

Local Greek media has uncovered the story of this family in Patras, that has lived in boxes for nearly one year.

The last 8 years inside the European Union has been nothing short of a nightmare, and national catastrophe for Greece.

We hear a lot of reports about fiscal policy, budgets, debts, Troika and more, but rarely do we see the human consequences of a failed Brussels’ policy.

This story of a family of five living in boxes, is one of the many human victims of EU imposed austerity.

Via Keep Talking Greece

The family ended up on the streets after a labor accident of the father. The family has no income. For the last 8 months, the two adults and the three children live in a provisional “shelter” made of carton boxes they have places in a corner of an abandoned and half-constructed building.

The parents need to feed two toddlers aged 1.5 and 3.5 years old and an older child from the father’s previous marriage.

The family receives no disability pension or any allowance from the state that can help them make a living.

“They tell their children that living in boxes is a game,” local media reports.

The father is unable to work. The family’s relatives cannot help them as they are also in dire economic situation.

They get meals from the local church, a neighbor to the building gives them from time to time the opportunity to take a bath.

Basic sanitary conditions are non-existent, the smell where these people live is beyond any description.

The father has been unemployed for the last 3.5 years. His leg was badly cut during works with a chainsaw.

Speaking to, the father said, he wished to have space in a plot to put a tent for his family and two hens in order to have something to feed his children.

And a job. “Anything that will help me be back on track.”



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