El­derly Greek woman ekes out a liv­ing on the street

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An el­derly woman sits on Patis­sion Street near cen­tral Athens and knits on Satur­day, In­ter­na­tional Day for the Erad­i­ca­tion of Poverty. The 85-yearold sells her hand­made scarves, socks and other goods to passers-by to make a liv­ing. A grind­ing re­ces­sion in Greece has left more than 30 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion near the poverty line. Ef­forts by non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, vol­un­teers and reli­gious in­sti­tu­tions have soft­ened the blow for many. But con­tin­u­ing aus­ter­ity con­tin­ues to leave thou­sands, young and old, with vir­tu­ally no in­come.

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