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Calls for help from poverty-stricken up 80% in four years

Most want economic aid, some help to get jobs says charity

17 October, 12:57
Calls for help from poverty-stricken up 80% in four years (ANSA) - Rome, October 17 - The Catholic charity Caritas said Monday it had seen an 80.8% rise in requests for help at its offices across Italy during the four years of economic crisis from 2007 to 2010.

The number of people asking for help, mainly to make ends meet, rose by 19.8% in the same period, and by 69.3% in the poorer south of Italy, Caritas said. Most requests were for help in getting out of poverty while some sought assistance in getting jobs or solving family issues, Caritas said.

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