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As Greek crisis festers, despair grows in streets

Aid groups, local governments say they're beginning to feel the effects of bank closings

Mayor George Kaminis of Athens issued a statement on Thursday saying that the city was helping support 20,000 people a day with groceries, hot meals and other basics.


BEHIND the lace curtains of a soup kitchen run by a parish in the humble Athens neighbourhood of Kerameikos, the needy and hungry sit down to a plate of sliced cucumbers, three hunks of bread, a shallow china bowl of chickpea soup and often a piece of meat. Sometimes there is even...