Burnout, 2010-2014
Since 2009 a large part of the Greek population has been dealing with the severe consequences of a capitalist-financial crisis. Following a three party agreement between the Greek government, the EU and the IMF, successive austerity packages, have dismantled the country’s social fabric. An estimated 23% of Greeks are currently living below the poverty line. Youth unemployment (15-24 years) has reached an astounding 62%, while 1.5 million people are currently thought to be unemployed. Recession has worsened, estimated at -7% in 2011, -6.45% in 2012 and -4% in 2013. Six years of economic crisis have left Greek society in utter devastation -a situation it has not experienced since the Second World War. Drastic cuts in public spending have demolished public welfare institutions and have led to the marginalization of society’s most fragile. Many are uninsured. The homeless have increased by 25%. Thousands of people, depend on soup-kitchens to survive. Reports of children passing out in classrooms because of malnutrition are a daily occurrence. Suicide rates have sky-rocketed, with more than 4000 suicides recorded since the beginning of the crisis. The streets of Athens and other Greek cities are often swarmed with thousands of protesters. Insecurity, fear, fatalism, individualization, rage and anger dominate, while organization and solidarity are gradually fading.