Ropoto was the perfect little Greek village that sunk. It was once a happy and peaceful place in central Greece, home to 300 families but today, it lies in ruin, a ghost town emptied of its residents who were raised in its charming village streets.
In 2012, tragedy struck when a landslide destroyed Ropoto’s terrain, taking with it the town’s homes and infrastructure which are now still slowly sinking down the mountain. But even to this day, no one from the state has even come to the village to assess or evaluate the damage. After the devastating disaster endured by Ropoto’s people, they were offered no help at all. Their hometown was simply forgotten, written off the map.
The village is entirely uninhabitable and yet residents are still required to pay property tax on their broken abandoned homes. With the Greek government in its current economic crisis however, what can be done? Who can help Ropoto? The outlook is bleak.
I was given a tip in my inbox of an non-profit international Greek news website which is heavily involved in local Greek communities. GreekReporter.com paid a visit to the town to make a documentary about the abandoned village that suffered an unprecedented natural disaster.
Taken around by the former Ropoto Council President who was born there, the film crew tells his poignant tale of a forgotten sinking ghost town…
Via Greek Reporter, a site that’s “searching for people around the globe that are proud of their Greek heritage”.