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Ποιός χάιδεψε ποτέ τους γάτους
των νεκροταφείων;
Οι φύλακες τους κλωτσάνε
οι παπάδες το ίδιο
οι συγγενείς κλαίνε
και οι νεκροί- 

οι νεκροί σιγολιώνουν σιωπηλοί μέσα στο χώμα. 

Και οι γάτοι γυρίζουν, γυρίζουν
ανάμεσα στους τάφους
βρώμικοι, πειναλέοι
μακάβριοι, άγριοι 
έχοντας εμπιστοσύνη μόνο στους νεκρούς
(μόνον αυτοί δεν κλωτσάνε).

Εγώ, αντί για κόλλυβα στους νεκρούς
(που δεν τρώνε)
πηγαίνω φαγητό στους γάτους που καταβροχθίζουν.

Κι ανάμεσα στους συγγενείς των πεθαμένων 
κυκλοφορώ ο συγγενής των γάτων

που είναι άγριοι και μόνοι
και ποτέ δεν μ' άφησαν να τους χαϊδέψω.

• O Συγγενής των γάτων | Νίκος Δήμου
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Who ever caressed the cemetery's cats?
The guards kicked them
priests the same
relatives in mourning 
and the dead -

the dead silently decay into the soil.

And the cats turn, wandering
among the graves
dirty , hungry 
macabre , wild 
trusting solely to the dead
(only those not kicking them).

I, instead of boiled wheat to the dead
(not eat)
bring food for cats guzzling.

And among the relatives of the dead
circulate as a relative of the cats

that are wild and alone
and never let me caress them.

• The relative of the cats | Nikos Dimou
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The Cats of the 1st Cemetery. Athens, Greece. | Οι Γάτοι του 1ου Νεκροταφείου. {in progress}
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Oct. 10. World Homeless Day • We Are All Potential Homeless •
Images and stories from the streets of Athens over the last three years.

Over the past three years Greece has seen a rise in the number of homeless by 25% 
Only in Athens the number of people living in the streets estimated to 27.000 people – a city by itself.
Τhe profile of people living on the street or in unsuitable housing has been changed. These people are, young graduates, people in productive ages,  and people who lost their jobs just before retirement.

It is shocking how common this has become and how our perception has changed. If you saw a person sleeping on the streets of Athens ten years ago, chances were it would be one of a handful of known individuals who roamed the streets and were cared for by the neighborhood. No more. Now their numbers have swelled with social safety nets in danger of ripping completely.

Practically, we are all potentially homeless.

Photo: © DIMITRIOS BOURAS / dimitriosbouras.com
#streetphotography   #homeless   #crisis   #Greece   #homelessness  
#streetlife   #streetlifephotography   #austerity   #worldhomelessdate  
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Oct. 10. World Homeless Day • We Are All Potential Homeless •
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'We All Need a Home' {preview}
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'Faraway, so close' • On human interactions in megacities. 
Late night in Manhattan, NYC. In an empty metro station (Canal St), two New Yorkers keeping the 'safe distance'.

Photo: © DIMITRIOS BOURAS / dimitriosbouras.com
#streetphotography   #photography   #newyork   #newyorkcity   #metro   #manhattan   #humaninteraction   #megacities   #subway   #subwayphotography   #station   #canalstreet  
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*weapons of mass information

Credit: İlhami YıLDıRıM
Gazi Mahallesi, Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013
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