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GREEK GOVERNMENT INITATES PLAN TO SELL CHILDREN TO MAKE UP BUDGET GAPS
January 10 2012
Athens, Greece – Everyone knows the economy is rough and in many places it just isn’t getting much better. Poverty is nothing new, of course. In fact, it is wealth that is actually new, at least when it comes to the common man. Now though, with so much of that wealth being removed many people in many countries, particularly advanced nations, are having trouble adjusting.
There is no place in the advanced world where that type of adjustment has been more needed, and more difficult, than in Greece. The ongoing epicentre of the European financial crisis, a crisis which is continuing to cause economic chaos the world over, Greece has caused suffering around the world, but no place has suffered quite as much as the country, the seat of the western world, herself.
There is no better evidence of that decline and challenge than in a new trend amongst Greek families in which they are either selling or simply giving away children they can no longer afford to look after, something usually reserved for only the poorest of nations, but something which has become pretty much standard in cities across Greece.
“We are aware of this trend and tendency and it is not something which we endorse or approve of, though we do understand the sentiment behind it. Because of that we will not stand in the way of such transactions so long as they are done responsibly and with the best interests of all parties, including the children, kept in mind,” said a spokesperson for the Greek government. “Right now we are setting up a system of procedures to ensure that all such transactions go smoothly so that there is no confusion or problems in the future. It is a sad reality, but it is a reality.”
Many children have simply been abandoned, usually in daycares or churches, meaning no money is actually going to the families who bore them.
Giving away children was commonplace before the economic crisis but has become a cottage industry of late.
“We are overwhelmed, honestly. It is more than we can bear most of the time. We have far more children than we are able to take care of but unfortunately we are the last option for many families. Still, it is a problem,” said a spokesperson for an Athens orphanage. “We do very much hope that the new government program will allow us to be free of many of these children so that we are free to take care of the keepers and process more through our facilities.”
It’s believed likely that the majority of the children will be sold to foreign countries. Officials have already set up deals with a handful of Eastern European countries and Hollywood.
“We don’t like selling children, not Greek children anyways, but there are few options left to us at this stage. Ideally all families would be able to feed and clothe the children they have but that is just not the situation here anymore and we are left with no options,” continued the spokesperson. “We hope all these children will go to good homes. The price isn’t really the issue, I mean it counts, but it’s not the only issue. We hope that these children are able to grow up happy in some other place that doesn’t cost so much to live.”
The first shipment of children will reportedly arrive in Bulgaria sometime later this month.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent