Friday, 11th October 2013
Think Differently: Humanitarian Impacts of the Economic Crisis in Europe
Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
From the Foreword:
In October 2009, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) published its first report on the humanitarian impact of the economic crisis in Europe. At that early stage we pointed out that while a strong focus was directed towards stabilizing the macroeconomic situation of the continent, too little attention was being paid to the humanitarian consequences or the root causes of the crisis.
At that time, none of us imagined that four years later we would still be talking about an economic crisis. Neither did we expect that this crisis would take a turn for the worse, disproportionally hitting those who were already vulnerable and also impacting new groups of people who had never been affected before....
Compared to 2009, millions more find themselves queuing for food, unable to buy medicines nor access health care. Millions are without a job and many of those who still have work face difficulties to sustain their families due to insufficient wages and skyrocketing prices. Many from the middle class have spiralled down to poverty. The amount of people depending on Red Cross food distributions in 22 of the surveyed countries has increased by 75 per cent between 2009 and 2012.
The mapping showed us that more people are getting poor, the poor are getting poorer and the ‘social distance’ to climb back into mainstream society has become farther.
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