Alexandra Tsitoura (left) and Nikos Aivatzidis walk through now-empty Hellenic Shipyards in Athens, Greece. Two years ago, the shipyard employed around 1,100 workers. Alexandra and her husband Nikos have had jobs at Hellenic Shipyards for 10 and 31 years, respectively, but have not received neither a paycheck nor any form of severance for the past two years.
Tsitoura visits her old workplace, where she was a secretary at Hellenic Shipyards. As Greece's economy continues to buckle under the weight of massive government debt, some Greeks are relying on their ties to family and friends to put food on the table and provide other basic necessities.
Aivatzidis at his desk at Hellenic Shipyards, where he was a human resources manager. For Aivatzidis and Tsitoura, providing for their children is a communal effort. They receive help from both their parents, in particular the pension of Nikos' father, sharing meals and other expenses, and occasionally from friends who are faring better.
The Hellenic Shipyards now remains empty of ships and workers. Two years ago, the shipyard stopped paying its approximately 1,100 employees. Greece's economy continues to buckle under the weight of massive government debt, with record unemployment. Some estimates put the jobless rate at 28 percent and nearly 60 percent for workers under the age of 25.
Tsitoura's mother Maria, visiting from her home in Kalamata, helps Dimitris with homework. "From an early age, the parents are saying, 'Study, study!' " Tsitoura said. "We want them [our children] to be somebody, but there are so few opportunities."