The line of people desperate for lunch is an image more from the developing world than the country where Western civilization was founded more than two millennia ago.
Yet the 1,200 who waited for bread, rice and vegetable soup at a kitchen visited by CNBC this week are just a fraction of the many hungry people in Athens and the surrounding area, as the noose of austerity tightens around the Greek population.
The elderly and sick are fed first. Men get their food next, and there are plenty of scuffles in the line as women and children wait patiently for their turn.
Emotions run from quiet despair to rage – the sort of rage that has boosted votes for anti-bailout parties such as leftist Syriza and right-wing Golden Dawn in recent months, and could see Syriza become the biggest party in Greece after Sunday’s elections .
One elderly homeless man who has been visiting the kitchen for eight months said he didn’t want to ask for help from the state, and quickly became angry when asked how he got into this situation.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page