“People are hungry, I am sick because I have no heating” – Greek City Times

Turkish citizens sell their clothes to buy food.

A man asks security guards outside a factory if he can take the leftover bread for his chickens, but eventually eats it with his wife in secret.

There are many harsher images of the unprecedented misery of Turkish citizens due to inflation and the rapid devaluation of the Turkish Lira to an all-time low of 17.41 per US dollar.

“We are in a very bad situation and the situation keeps deteriorating,” said Ahmet, employee of a hotel in downtown Istanbul, in the tourist area of ​​Istanbul. İstiklal Avenue.

“Everything is very expensive. Every day we see that all food and products are getting more and more expensive.

“The milk until a few days ago in the supermarket was 10 lire and today it is 16!”

“It’s impossible to live with our wages,” he added, without knowing when I told him about it, that the government had a plan to increase wages and pensions by 50%.

“In depression and without plan B”

“We are depressed with the pandemic and the economy and without Plan B,” said Bilge, a private worker who confirmed that people in her country were selling their clothes for a few lire to buy milk and bread for their children.

“Everything was done in two weeks,” she explained. “The only thing I don’t want is having to leave my country for Germany or another EU country just to be able to live.”

“We are getting poorer every day,” she continued, adding that her health, due to poor financial conditions and energy costs, is not good, even though she is successful and has not contracted COVID. -19, like his peers.

“My roommate and I are constantly sick because our house is permanently frozen. We cannot have heating with these gas prices. The invoices are many wages put together. There is no such money! she stressed.

His salary today is 5,300 lire. She is considered privileged by many of her fellow citizens.

“But to live decently and with heating, I need at least 10,000. In 2020, the 5,000 I earned were going well,” she explained.

At the supermarket where she went in the morning, she could only buy two lemons, toilet paper (“which is incredibly expensive”), Turkish tea and coffee.

“The bill was 100 lire,” she exclaimed.

The derailment of a seemingly controlled daily until recently, prompted her to do, she revealed, something for the first time:

“Yesterday I prayed. I have nothing to do with religion. But the situation is marginal. Elections must take place immediately and we must see changes. Otherwise, we will live but being socially dead, ”she predicted.

“Tragic situation, people are hungry”

“People in the country are hungry. They were always hungry, even with the lowest wages, but today the situation is tragic, ”confirmed the disappointed Greek businessman Iakovos Karagiannis, who owns a fresh frozen fish business that had to be shut down. on “ice” already because of the recent great recession. caused by COVID-19.

I found him over the phone while he was traveling on public transport.

Isn’t he afraid of the COVID-19 he’s still harvesting?

“I have already received two vaccines and I am going for the third dose”, he declared before giving us some tangible examples of irrational revaluation of the Turkish market.

“A kilo of minced meat costs 42 lire. Today, it costs 90, ”he said.

“Only a few can buy. Even a simple 5 lire lettuce went up to 10.

“The rise in the prices of imported products pushes up the prices of local products irrationally. Everyone is saving and not spending.

“And too many people don’t even put on heaters and freeze in the winter.”

Karagiannis sees his fortune in Turkish banks evaporate with the devaluation of the pound, but still hopes to sell his business at a good price “and return to my homeland, Greece”.

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