March 27, 2013
Over the past week, as Cyprus concluded chaotic talks on an international bailout, relief workers at St. Barbara's church readied bags of food, cooking oil and other essentials.
Donations flowed into the parish in Nicosia during the high-stakes tug of war between Cyprus and its European partners over the terms of the bailout. Giving by individuals and companies rose in line with an anticipated jump in demand for aid, said Panagiotis Panagiotou, the director of the church's food bank.
By Tuesday, locals' requests for aid had risen, according to a second church worker.
Many people "call us and ask, 'Will you be able to give us food?' " said Mr. Panagiotou. "It's obvious people are really frustrated and worried."