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Children 'dumped in streets by Greek parents who can't afford to look after them any more'
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Posted on 01/11/2012 11:46:34 AM PST by traumer

Children are being abandoned on Greece's streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more. Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis.

It comes as pharmacists revealed the country had almost run out of aspirin, as multi-billion euro austerity measures filter their way through society.

Athens' Ark of the World youth centre said four children, including a newborn baby, had been left on its doorstep in recent months. One mother, it said, ran away after handing over her two-year-old daughter Natasha.

Four-year-old Anna was found by a teacher clutching a note that read: 'I will not be coming to pick up Anna today because I cannot afford to look after her. Please take good care of her. Sorry.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/11/2012 11:46:38 AM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

Strong enough to run so momma is still eating fairly well.


2 posted on 01/11/2012 11:49:28 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: traumer

Any parent who would abandon their child should be shot dead in the street like a dog.


3 posted on 01/11/2012 11:50:02 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: traumer

The day the welfare and food stamps dry up here we will see the same thing.Many of these kids were only pay checks to their parents.....


4 posted on 01/11/2012 11:51:08 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

Sad but very true.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 11:53:23 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: traumer

The inevitable result of socialism!


6 posted on 01/11/2012 11:53:34 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: traumer

Socialism changes people from assets as God intended to liabilities of the state.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 11:54:52 AM PST by jimmygrace
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To: traumer

Sorry, ain’t buying it. First off I doubt any Greek will be naming their daughter “Natasha”.


8 posted on 01/11/2012 11:55:50 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: chris_bdba

So very true. Here in my state, social workers are having a difficult time finding foster homes for kids who enter the system... because the children their trying to find homes for consist of sibling groups of seven, eight, NINE children being placed. Why would families be having that many children?? To increase their gravy train.


9 posted on 01/11/2012 11:56:30 AM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: chris_bdba

As evidenced by complete lack of parenting that inevitably results in thousands of welfare babies growing up to be derelicts.


10 posted on 01/11/2012 11:58:22 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: traumer

Coming to an American neighborhood near you ... and this year.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 11:58:31 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: chris_bdba

It has already happened here: breakfast at school, lunch at school, dinner at school. Then, if they happen to be good athletes some wealthy family will take them in, clothe them, educate them, maybe even adopt them, and groom them for college athletic recruiters. (some sarcasm intended).


12 posted on 01/11/2012 11:58:46 AM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: nikos1121

Pssst. Natasha is a Greek name. Don’t tell anyone.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 12:03:19 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: traumer

They will end up like kids in Russia and Thailand.

Sold into the sex trade and slavery, or left to die in the gutter.


14 posted on 01/11/2012 12:06:04 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: traumer
Not new.
19th century NYC streets were full of "unwanted" kids ...

15 posted on 01/11/2012 12:06:15 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: traumer

This will not end well.


16 posted on 01/11/2012 12:07:59 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: traumer

This article in a Brit rag could be nothing more than pressure on the Brit PM to bail out the euro weenies.


17 posted on 01/11/2012 12:09:38 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: traumer
When the Gubmint handouts stop here, this will be the same thing that happens in Deetroit, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphi, Atlanta, Newark, Cleveland, etc., etc.

OBAMA MONEY is all that keeps the babies being cranked out to gain MORE payment.....

18 posted on 01/11/2012 12:09:46 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Now there’s something we have yet to see from the Occupy Wall street morons

When will all the OWS babies be bored (just before the election)

In time to dump them onto the streets when the money runs out


19 posted on 01/11/2012 12:09:46 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: traumer

The end result of massive budget deficits. America, take note!


20 posted on 01/11/2012 12:12:02 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The inevitable result of socialism!

Yep. People stop viewing themselves as parents, as workers responsible for supporting themselves and their families, and start viewing themselves as just another snout at the public teat. They don't have enough for themselves and their kids? Well too bad -- dump the kids and assume someone else will take care of them rather than getting off their arses and getting a job.

21 posted on 01/11/2012 12:12:06 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: oh8eleven
Interesting photo. Reminds me of the kids portrayed in "Once Upon A Time In America"


22 posted on 01/11/2012 12:13:46 PM PST by Signalman
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To: traumer
Ya know, I'm a grumpy old fart that is allergic to small children. I don't like them. Mine are grown and gone, and that's good for me.

But who turns out a kid? A little food, a cot in the corner... Even I'm not that hard-hearted.

If I can eat, there's food for a bratling.

/johnny

23 posted on 01/11/2012 12:14:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer

Looks like they are becoming like Athens in 430 BC.


24 posted on 01/11/2012 12:14:59 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: traumer

Greece is becoming Brazil.


25 posted on 01/11/2012 12:16:36 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

But, don’tcha know — Europe is SO cool! Their healthcare is totally free, there are NO guns, there is NO war, a college education is FREE (for those who are selected for it by the age of 12) and nobody has to work longer than 7 hours a day. Oh, and they get a 2 hour break everyday, too.

We want to be JUST like them, because America is SO bad. We make people work waaaaay too much — and we make them PAY for their own STUFF. We’re just so MEAN!!! /SARC.


26 posted on 01/11/2012 12:16:55 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: oh8eleven

Newsies is a great film.


27 posted on 01/11/2012 12:17:57 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: bigdirty
Any parent who would abandon their child should be shot dead in the street like a dog.

Then you would have killed a lot of Americans in the era before the New Deal's social safety net.

During the Great Depression, families who could not support their children usually found other family members in better circumstances who could take them in, and many families were broken up that way. There was also a common intitution called the orphanage, run by counties or private charities, that took children in from families who could not support them.

It was quite common for older children to be asked to leave if feeding them made it impossible to feed other children. Then they would take to the road and the railroad, hobo-ing from town to town looking for work.

In 1933, William Wellman directed "Wild Boys of the Road", which is the definitive film about this phenomenon. The writers grafted on a happy ending for the boy. In the real world, he would have ended up in prison, molested by some older bum on the road, or beaten to death by a railroad bull. I recommend renting or downloading the film. It's a real eye-opener.

28 posted on 01/11/2012 12:19:18 PM PST by Publius
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To: traumer

I’m sure there are plenty of American families that would love to adopt them...


29 posted on 01/11/2012 12:20:23 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

>>Looks like they are becoming like Athens in 430 BC.

Yeah, substitute Mecca for Sparta.


30 posted on 01/11/2012 12:24:55 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Publius
Movies aren't reality.

I'd rather read history and dry numbers than watch some '30s socialist film.

/johnny

31 posted on 01/11/2012 12:25:50 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer

In the depression people did the same thing here. A lot of folks had to park their kids in an orphanage until they could find work and get back on their feet. One of my mother’s best friends who I have known all my life was put in an orphanage by his mother who could not take care of him. He was sent out to a farm to live with people who basically just worked him to death and starved him until he finally ran away and was living in the streets. He told me this was very common at the time. It could happen here again.


32 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:28 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
It could happen here again.

It WILL happen here again.

33 posted on 01/11/2012 12:32:01 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: cuban leaf
Thanks, I'll check it out.
"Dinner at a newsboys lodging home ..."

34 posted on 01/11/2012 12:36:12 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nikos1121

Like you I am wondering if this is more of an immigrant problem - gypsies, Eastern Europeans - people who don’t have better to go back to and don’t have family in Greece who can help.


35 posted on 01/11/2012 12:42:23 PM PST by heartwood
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To: JRandomFreeper

Your post made me laugh. A bratling, that is funny.


36 posted on 01/11/2012 12:46:26 PM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: driftdiver

Maybe it’s time to write a modern version of Hansel and Gretel. There’s probably a good morality tale, to be told, of the socialist injustice that brought them to this point.


37 posted on 01/11/2012 12:49:27 PM PST by radmanptn
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To: oh8eleven

It’s a Disney “song and dance” movie, but very well choreographed. Ann Margret is in it. It is loosely based on the plight of the newsboys and their strike against the newspapers that wanted to cut their income.


38 posted on 01/11/2012 12:52:06 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: bigdirty

Agreed


39 posted on 01/11/2012 12:58:23 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: chris_bdba

“The day the welfare and food stamps dry up here we will see the same thing.Many of these kids were only pay checks to their parents.....”

My granny grew up during the depression. She was the first of 8 kids. My great grand mother would never have dreamed of doing this. They were lucky however. They had a farm and the wisdom to run it.


40 posted on 01/11/2012 1:04:20 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: cuban leaf
It’s a Disney “song and dance” movie, but very well choreographed.
Thanks, I looked it up.
I also found a movie about the NYC Sanitation Worker's strike, but won't watch it.
I heard it stinks :)

41 posted on 01/11/2012 1:07:44 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: traumer

What a horrible way for a society to die.


42 posted on 01/11/2012 1:08:57 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“In the depression people did the same thing here. A lot of folks had to park their kids in an orphanage until they could find work and get back on their feet. One of my mother’s best friends who I have known all my life was put in an orphanage by his mother who could not take care of him. He was sent out to a farm to live with people who basically just worked him to death and starved him until he finally ran away and was living in the streets. He told me this was very common at the time. It could happen here again.

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Actually it has.....
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/triage/2008/09/father-leaves-n.html

Father leaves nine children at Nebraska hospital

Parents are abandoning teenagers at Nebraska hospitals, in a case of a well intentioned law inspiring unintended results.

Over the last two weeks, moms or dads have dropped off seven teens at hospitals in the Cornhusker state, indicating they didn’t want to care for them any more.

“They were tired of their parenting role,” according to Todd Landry of Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, quoted in USA Today.

Under a newly implemented law, Nebraska is the only state in the nation to allow parents to leave children of any age at hospitals and request they be taken care of, USA Today notes. So-called “safe haven laws” in other states were designed to protect babies and infants from parental abandonment.

The most eye-popping case in Nebraska occurred Wednesday, when a 34-year-old father deposited nine children ages 1 to 17 at Creighton University Medical Center — and then walked away.

The mother died a year and a half ago after a cerebral hemorrhage. The father, Gary Staton, told KETV-TV, a local station, “I was with her for 17 years, and then she was gone. What was I going to do? We raised them together. I didn’t think I could do it alone. I fell apart. I couldn’t take care of them.”

The Omaha World-Herald reported that the man had a “history of unemployment, eviction notices and unpaid bills – and a psychologist’s determination that he lacked common sense.”

The children’s grandmother told the World-Herald other family members planned to take care of the children, but the paper said their destination was still uncertain.

In USA Today, Landry said the children were “struggling to varying degrees with what’s happened to them.”

The World-Herald wrote that “state social service officials cautioned Thursday that leaving children at hospitals doesn’t absolve parents of their responsibilities.”

As if the events already recounted weren’t odd enough, the World-Herald said that in a separate incident, an 18 year old boy had turned himself in under the law Tuesday at a hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The moral of this story appears to be that safe haven laws need to be very carefully and narrowly written to ensure they’re not abused by parents.

Making sure an unwanted baby finds a home where he or she will be healthy and cared for is one thing. Telling difficult teenagers or nine children “you’re not my responsibility any more” is another.


43 posted on 01/11/2012 1:09:48 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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44 posted on 01/11/2012 1:10:55 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: oh8eleven

:)


45 posted on 01/11/2012 1:10:55 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: dfwgator

“It WILL happen here again.”

see post #43 it has happened.


46 posted on 01/11/2012 1:12:33 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana; chris_bdba

The Greek government just added pedophiles to thier list of helpless people who need gov money to survive. The Greeks now pay pedophiles, exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists.

Greece is obviously a cesspool.


47 posted on 01/11/2012 1:13:19 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: little jeremiah

I saw that. Wonder if they have money to open orphanages?


48 posted on 01/11/2012 1:14:59 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Publius
Like-wise, all of the children on the "Orphan Trains" from the 1850s through the 1920's were not orphans.

Some weren't wanted, some were abandoned on streets, some had families who couldn't care for them, and some were taken from bad homes, but regardless of why, many had families.

The accepted estimate is around 200,000 children being rehomed in that time period.

Anne of Green Gables is a prettied-up, glossed-over version of an ugly story which happened to too many children to count.

49 posted on 01/11/2012 1:20:05 PM PST by mountainbunny
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To: Morgana

Considering that the Greek economy only appears alive like a corpse twitching becuase of electric wires; who knows. The sooner they collapse the better; then they can start over.


50 posted on 01/11/2012 1:24:25 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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