Nowhere on the continent of Europe is the outlook for students more grim than on the troubled Greek peninsula. A World Student Relief investigator wires from Geneva that an undeclared Balkan war, corruption in the home government, and only pitiful and halting efforts at economic recovery make the task of assistance overwhelming.
Tuberculosis and the revival of the national draft are the two greatest obstacles preventing the revival of effective student activity. While the College dollar cannot effect last week's State Department Authorization for the Greeks to call up 15,000 men for a national defense corps, contributions in the form of food can strike at the acute medical problem.
The health service of the University of Athens, where $3,000 from the Harvard Relief Committee pool has been allotted, reported 1,100 clinical cases of tuberculosis. To treat 20,000 students in the area there are only two doctors and two nurses. Sufferers frequently die in the common tenth month waiting period between initial examination and admission to the 30-bed state sanitarium.