‘Disaster will happen’: Despair on the streets of Athens over financial crisis

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ATHENS, Greece —Nearly every day, Panos Kotssamanis visits a park near the historic Agios Sostis church in Athens to get a free lunch from one of the many soup kitchens in the city

“Everybody who is homeless and unemployed knows where to find food,” Kotssamanis says

Before the Greek crisis started, Kotssamanis was working in a hotel and making close to €1,000 every month — about $1,100. Two years ago, the hotel closed and Kotssamanis lost his job. The financial aid ended a year ago, and now he has no income

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Family begs on Stadiou street in central Athens, Greece.

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