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Over the last couple of years, the financial crisis in the European Union has become one of the major problems that Europe has ever had to face. As everybody knows, the crisis has affected mainly Southern Europe; countries there are still trying to recover but I don’t want to analyse this situation any more deeply. My thoughts are focused somewhere else. For the very first time in my whole life I have heard stories about families in Cyprus that have nothing to eat. Parents losing their jobs, thus being unable to provide their children with food! Families moving to other countries to find employment and a better life. Isn’t it sad? Children go to school without food or stay at home and sleep all day in order to forget that they are actually hungry but can not eat…
Then there is the opposite thing happening… where you might go out for a drink or a coffee with friends or just drive or walk around the city and you realise that cafes are still filled with young people, men trying to look like models with fit bodies and showing off and, of course, beard because c’est la mode; women looking glamorous in their best outfits, dresses, accessories, high heels, perfect make up trying so hard to impress. But impress who? Probably only themselves. They look in the mirror and look beautiful but they are basically empty inside. Because you can’t just do that when your neighbour is hungry, living in such bad conditions and you are not doing anything to help him…
So dear young Cypriot (or not), just take a look around you and discover the reality behind the mask and the make up. Try to understand that today the most important thing in every part of the world and not just Cyprus, is having a roof over your head, food on your table and people around you that really love you for what you truly are and not for what you pretend to be. You should realise that there are people that really need all this money you spend on shopping for ‘something new’ just to eat.
I don’t know if I sound tough or too realistic, but these are my thoughts and beliefs. Indeed, the fact that many young people in my country don’t seem to realise the bad economic situation the island is in at the moment, is sad and frustrating. Considering this, one may arrive at the conclusion that they cannot understand what life is really about..
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham