We Asked Greece's Social Outcasts if the New Government Gives Them Hope.
Here’s what they said.
MACHI BASTIANOU, 44
"I’ve been receiving psychological support from a healthcare facility for a few years now. I am not fit to work so my family help me get by. In the past, I worked for a food company, but I’ve also waited on tables and cleaned houses and once I worked as a security guard. Last time I earned a wage was in 2006.
"Do I expect anything to change? I don’t believe in politics—I believe in people and their intentions. What I would like, however, is for the next government to help those who somehow found themselves living on the outskirts of society to re-integrate. Minorities don’t require charity—they need education, jobs, and prospects. Unfortunately, I never received an education.
"I don’t know who I’ll be voting for yet. I was thinking about voting for [Syriza leader and new Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras, but I don’t like that he’s an atheist. I strongly believe in God—He’s all I’ve got left."
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