A very important article from the Telegraph – in a financial tsunami, we should never think the first wave will be the last nor the biggest. İf the unemployment shoe has yet to really drop, this would clearly be a triggering event for new and greater financial decline in the near future.
Walking the streets of İstanbul this morning the signs of unemployed are apparent- men clustered in the shade of trees, sharing their consternation over cups of tea – others sat alone, lining the benches and retainer walls outside Sirkeci station, distant from the busying neighborhood, waiting.
Across from the station, in a little traingular park wedged between two big roads, there appears to be a never-ending gathering for the unemployed and newly arrived. Two years ago Marshall and İ walked through this same park passing uncomfortably through the same throng of men – perhaps now a hundred. At the time a man (perhaps the patron of the gathering) smiled at us as we passed and exclaimed “we`re finding people work!”
Last night, on the short taxi from Taksim over the golden horn to Sirkeci, my friendly but frustrated driver gave me an earful (partially understood, İ admit) of the current situation. He himself owned a furnature workshop (ahşap atölyesi) but said there were no orders for work and that the taxi was his only means. As we crossed the wide span of the Galata bridge, he threw up his hand at the sight of men, some with their families, lining the water-side railing of the bridge, fishing rods a loft, at 12 midnight. “Bak, işsizlik” (look…unemployment) he said with a vindicated look.
excuse the occacional misspelling and poor grammar – the Turkish keyboard is a bit all over the place compared to what İm used to.