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Pain bites into Portuguese life as crisis deepens

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Pain bites into Portuguese life as crisis deepens

In this photo taken on March 5, 2013, needy people eat their daily meals in the dinidng hall of the Portuguese charity AMI - International Medical Assistance center in Lisbon. The Portuguese charity AMI _ International Medical Assistance _ was set up almost three decades ago as a rapid response organization for catastrophes abroad. Now the emergency is at home. Before 2008, up to 8,000 people a year sought AMI's help in Portugal. In 2012, it was almost 16,000. In some places such as Porto, Portugal's second-largest city, the increase in people approaching the charity has been more than 250 percent since 2008. And some of the needy are university graduates.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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