Athens, Greece - Drug addict in the centre of Athens. Since the financial crisis started, the number of drug addicts and people sick with tuberculosis and HIV has increased of over 50% in the historical center of Athens. Greek economical crisis started in 2008. The so-called Austerity measures imposed to the country by the “Troika” (European Union, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund) to reduce its debt, were followed by a deep recession and the worsening of life conditions for millions of people. Unemployment rate grew from 8.5% in 2008 to 25% in 2012 (source: Hellenic Statistical Authority).
Bruno Simões Castanheira