GREEK LEGATION REPORTS STARVATION DUE TO BLOCKADE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, February 18, 1917, the Greek legation* issued a statement here in Washington reporting that the Entente** blockade off the coast of Greece had caused "the poor classes" to resort to "living on herbs and grass."
The statement read...
"Ten deaths from starvation have been reported from the province of Jannina, one at Laurium, ten in Acarnania, two in the province of Preveza, one in Eubis, and one in Measinn.
The poor have begun to live on herbs and grass. The epidemics of enteritis and dysenteria are rapidly spreading in the country."
Greece was neutral when World War I broke out in 1914, but officially declared war on the Central Powers on June 30, 1917. Greece provided ten divisions in the Great War.
*legation: a diplomatic minister, especially one below the rank of Ambassador and their staff.
**Entente: Great Britain, France, Italy^ & Russia became known as the Allied Powers during WWI fighting against the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria & the Ottoman Empire. (^Italy, originally a member of the Triple Alliance, joined the Allies in 1915).
"Greece Starving as a Result of Allies' Blockade," February 19, 1917, Chicago Tribune, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/