I was very proud to read "Greek Orthodox Americans Rally Support for Their Troubled Homeland," an ON RELIGION column published in the New York Times last month. It talked about Greek-Americans helping Greece through hellish economic times...Indeed, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has sent $4 million in people-to-people aid since 2009 through its own/related charities and local churches.
Disposable income in Greece has plummeted by 40% and unemployment is now nearly at 30%.
"Among children, the level of 'food insecurity,' meaning hunger or the
imminent risk of it, tops 50% in the poorest sections of the nation."
Few people can afford to use oil to heat their homes and chop/use wood
for that purpose. "The crisis is not as immediate as an invasion,"
Dr. Alexandros Kyrou, a historian at Salem State University, said. "It has
been slow in gaining momentum, but it has now reached a crushing
level. But it is no less a humanitarian crisis than the ones in the
past, and it needs the kind of humanitarian response Greek-Americans
have provided in the past."
Some have resisted helping, believing that
Greece brought this modern-day tragedy on itself....But how can we blame children who go to school hungry or seniors without health insurance who cannot afford to buy their medications (our own relatives included!) for decisions made by political leaders and self-serving governments?
"Where there is pain and suffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort." (From the Philoptochos Prayer)