Legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis’ daughter has publicly come out to showcase the economic difficulties her family is facing.
Margarita Theodorakis said the state is to blame for the dire straits she and many other Greeks are in. A post on social media said she is in debt and could possibly lose her house, and is particularly concerned about losing the many animals living with her which she is no longer in a position to feed as there is no food or hot water.
At the end of the post, she states: “We have absolutely nothing! Not even a cent… Nothing, absolutely nothing! We want some help!”
Her brother George Theodorakis responded to her post, told her to be patient and rushed to her aid.
The full post is as follows:
I AM MARGARITA THEODORAKI, AGED 62.
The PPC (DEH, Public Power Corporation) yesterday cut my electricity and I don’t have a telephone nor internet.
I have no electricity, I have no light, I cannot cook, but what would I cook, ha ha ha, I hav enothing, I have no fridge but that, anyway, is totally empty, I have no hot water to wash myself. And I am really cold!
I came to a good neighbour to send out an SOS!
Also I have nothing to eat! More than 22 dogs and 35 cats!
We have nothing! Not even a cent!
Nothing, absolutely nothing!
We ask for help!
We thank you a lot!
I have no mobile, a friends, 694…..
She spoke with Radio Crete, explaining the toll of the lockdown, which has meant no work for a year. “Don’t think Mikis Theodorakis is rich. From 2017 he has no copyright to his work,” she said.
She explained she is getting help from friends and is afraid she would lose her house at Vrahati, Corinthia.
She told Espresso newspaper: “Our Calvary began last February. Due to the 95 years since the birth of my father, we had closed 45 concerts. Due to COVID-19, the concerts dropped from 45 to 5, of which three are unpaid. How can we live? How can we give money to ENFIA (joint property tax), take care of my father?” she said. “It’s all fallen on my shoulders.”
She has sent letters to Greece’s Ministry of Culture, to the National Opera and states that though the ministry held 270 concerts over summer, they did not offer one to celebrate the legendary composer’s 95th birthday.
“When we say we are hungry, we are literally hungry,” she said.
“My father is hurting for all that is happening regarding this. Of course he knows everything.”
She said she has sent three letters to Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni from September to October. She even suggested an online concert “so we can live somehow”.