So much money, so few re­sults

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

money that came into the coun­try has gone to waste, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior aid of­fi­cial quoted by the Bri­tish news­pa­per. As The Guardian says, this has been “the most ex­pen­sive hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse in his­tory.” We would add “with zero re­sult.” Think­ing about the dread­ful sit­u­a­tion at some of the makeshift camps that have sprung up – Mo­ria on the is­land of Lesvos be­ing a case in point – one would have to agree. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Greece was also un­able to pro­vide pre­cise fig­ures on how many camps are in op­er­a­tion around the coun­try and how many peo­ple they are ac­com­mo­dat­ing. This ab­sence of re­li­able data has also re- sulted in waste. This is not the first time that Greece has been tac­itly or ex­plic­itly crit­i­cized of mis­man­age­ment in this area. Though waste in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid is some­thing that ev­ery­one takes for granted, Greece has sur­passed all ex­pected lev­els. So where did the money go? All of the answers – from non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to the Greek state, and from a de­sire both in Greece and abroad not to make life too easy for the mi­grants and refugees – have one com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor: raw cyn­i­cism. Things are worse for the Greek gov­ern­ment, though, be­cause not only does the re­port ex-

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