VIDEO: Priest changes lives for impoverished children

Video Produced by Luke Dean and Hsiang-Yu Wu · THESSALONIKI, Greece – Father Athenagoras Loukataris has dedicated himself to improving the lives of young people in the impoverished neighborhood known as Dendropatomas. The Greek Orthodox priest began “Faros Tou Kosmou,” a community center and children’s shelter, 10 years ago in this area, where drug addiction, prostitution and…

Out of money, Greece struggles to preserve its ancient artifacts

Story by Asia London Palomba · THESSALONIKI, Greece – Concealed behind construction fences, obscured by vegetation and overrun with trash and graffiti, a 3,000-year-old temple to the goddess Aphrodite sits in the heart of Thessaloniki, largely unnoticed by locals or tourists, despite the fact that it’s arguably one of the city’s most important archeological structures. Discovered…

Thessaloniki applies to host EuroPride 2020

Story by Isabelle Hahn · THESSALONIKI, Greece – Five flights above the streets of Thessaloniki is a rainbow regalia-filled sanctuary for the city’s increasingly visible LGBT community. A bright red fold-out table occupies the middle of the workroom, a communal space for volunteers working at the center. On this day, though, the only activity in…

Greece suffers ‘brain drain’ of young and educated

Story by Olivia Arnold · THESSALONIKI, Greece – The summer after Marinela Tserepi graduated from college in Thessaloniki, she tried selling beauty products. Working for commission, she endured people who screamed at her over the phone, scolding her for asking them to purchase cosmetics when they did not have enough money to buy milk for their…