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The Tempi train crash sent shockwaves through Greece, leaving the nation deeply shaken. TRAUMA, an audio documentary produced by iMEdD, features interviews with survivors and relatives of victims who were affected by seven significant disasters and accidents spanning from 1999 to the present. These testimonies consistently highlight a common theme: a widespread lack of trust in the government and a prevailing sense of impunity. This recurring pattern could be interpreted as Freud’s concept of the “repetition compulsion”, wherein society finds itself compelled to repeat certain behaviours and experiences.

QUOTE_1920x1080_1 ΑΝΑ-MPA/ P. Giannakouris

Bitterness. Because you lose your loved ones. Your life is never the same again, no matter how much you wish it to be. You try to move on, you go back to work, but the pain returns and haunts you.

Yannis Papadopoulos, who lost his brother in the 1999 Parnitha earthquake.
Survivors and relatives of the victims. The "unedited experience" of the disaster.
Giannis Papadopoulos
The Parnitha earthquake
Eleni Aggelidi
The Parnitha earthquake
Chara Bahariou-Aggelidi, Giannos Aggelidis
The Parnitha earthquake
Konstantinos Apostolakis
“MS Express Samina” wreck
Alexandros Kopsidis, Natasa Michailidou
“MS Express Samina” wreck
Christina Drakopoulou
The forest fires in Ilia
Giorgos Paraskevopoulos
The forest fires in Ilia
Stathis Kokaliaris
The forest fires in Ilia
Giannis L., Olga R.
The Mandra flood
Konstantinos Chatzistamatiou
The Mati fire tragedy
Aris Herouvim
The Mati fire tragedy
Giannis Oikonomidis
The Mati fire tragedy
Petros Aidinian
Euboea Island wildfire
Sofia Georgantzi
Euboea Island wildfire
Vaggelis Dimou
Euboea Island wildfire
Loukas Tsampanis
Euboea Island wildfire
Lysimachos Papazoglou
Tempi train crash
Nikos Chatzivasileiou
Tempi train crash
Pavlos Aslanidis
Tempi train crash
QUOTE_1920x1080_2 ΑΝΑ-MPA/ Ap. Ntomalis

We started to believe that we were entering a phase of normalcy. But then an event like the Tempi train crash occurs and shatters that illusion with a loud bang. Each one of us, individually and collectively, is now grappling with a sense of distrust. It's what we refer to as the fundamental social contract of trust between the government and its citizens.

Stelios Stylianidis, Professor of Social Psychiatry
The experts
Medical Examiner, Forensic Service of Thessaloniki
Firefighter - Psychologist, Department of Psychosocial Care of the Fire Brigade
Psychiatrist, Professor of Social Psychiatry at Panteion University
Lawyer, President of the Legal Preparation Committee for the final drafting of the Penal Code
Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Division Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital

The project team

Investigation – Audio Documentary: Kostas Koukoumakas, Nikolas Aronis, Phoebe Fronista, Katerina Voutsina, George Schinas
Script – Narration: Kostas Koukoumakas
Sound Mixing – Sound Design: Aris Athanasopoulos
iMEdD Podcasts Project Manager: Panagiotis Menegos
Best Practices Guide: Katerina Voutsina, Athina Thanasi, Stefaniya Ibrishimova, Panagiotis Menegos, Anastasia Moumtzaki, Giolanta Ntamadaki, Celia Tsigka
Text Editing: Kelly Kiki
Translation: Anatoli Stavroulopoulou
Art Direction: Evgenios Kalofolias

License of Use: CC BY-NC 4.0
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