Many saw the so-called ‘hunger queues’ during the pandemic and did not identify that image with their country. In their neighborhoods, in large cities of one of the largest European economies, long lines of citizens who needed help to eat were formed. The economic stoppage due to the coronavirus brought to light, put a face, the thousands of people who live at risk of poverty or great precariousness in Spain. Official statistics already indicated it and organizations such as Unicef denounced it, but in many cases these situations of vulnerability remained hidden. “People have been very surprised by what they have seen,” says Carmen Molina, director of Childhood Awareness and Policies at UNICEF Spain.
X-ray of poverty in Spain: leading in the EU and with households with children as the main affected