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> Greece is struggling after almost seven years of austerity policies, the country has sunk from recession into a full blown depression affecting people from all walks of life. Inside the municipality around Athen's Solidarity Center, Greeks wait with a ticket in hand to get their share of handouts such as food products or clothing.
00:00:28
But sometimes the center struggles too. About 26,000 people are registered here up from 2,500. A survey has found that over 75% of households suffered a significant income reduction last year. A third had at least one unemployed member. And as many as 40% said they had to cut back on food spending.
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In Athens, many go to soup kitchens for their daily meal, and many don't turn on the heat. One such church runs soup kitchens serves 400 meals on a daily basis. A 61 year old unemployed volunteer, Eva Ackey-Salacki, herself a recipient of food handouts, says she struggles every day.
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>> We just exist these days, most Greeks just exist.>> A survey conducted in December found that over 92% of Greeks said the debt crisis had affected them. Only 24% said they were satisfied with life. It's a figure far below much of the rest of the Euro Zone, and the situation shows little sign of improvement.