Meanwhile in Greece: Homeless family of 5 lives in cardboard boxes

 —  The family ended up on the streets of Patras in western Greece after the father had an industrial accident.  The family has no other  income. For the last 8 months, the two adults and the three children live in a provisional “shelter” made of carton boxes they have places in a corner of an abandoned and unfinished  building.

The parents need to feed two toddlers aged 1.5 and 3.5 years old and an older child from the father’s previous marriage.

The family receives no disability pension or any other  allowance from the state that can help them make a living.

“They tell their children that living in boxes is a game,” local media (+video) reports.

The father is unable to work. The family’s relatives cannot help them as they are also in dire economic situation.

 They get meals from the local church, a neighbour lets them  take a bath from time to time. Basic sanitary conditions are non-existent. The father has been unemployed for the last 3.5 years. His leg was badly cut during works with a chainsaw.

Speaking to, the father said, he wished to have space in a plot to put a tent for his family and two hens in order to have something to feed his children.

And a job. “Anything that will help me be back on track.” has published the father’s mobile (+306973 586384) for everyone who wants to help the family.

His name is Andreas Makris.