From Ekathimerini: Home of Afghan pupil attacked with stones and — kathikia?

3 Nov

Καθίκια…  He probably got better grades than your kid; was that the problem?  Several statistical sources find children of immigrants in Greece outperform children of natives on both secondary and university levels.

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Unknown assailants have attacked the home of the family of the 11-year-old Afghan boy who had not been allowed by his school in the Athens suburb of Dafni to carry the Greek flag during the October 28 parade.

According to police, the assailants threw stones at the boy’s home at dawn on Friday

Amir, a refugee and a fifth-year primary school pupil, had been selected to carry the Greek flag during the parade to commemorate the 1940 anniversary of Greece’s refusal to ally with the Axis powers in World War II, known as “Ochi Day.”

He was picked by lot under new rules introduced by the leftist-led government earlier this year that scrapped selection on the basis of academic performance

However, he was not allowed to carry the flag and eventually paraded holding the school’s sign.

Earlier story: Probe as refugee pupil denied flag role

God knows what else this kid has been through.  Who deserves to have this memory, as innocuous as it might seem, seared into their minds?

Two people before have asked me what “kathiki” (kαθίκι) means in Greek when I used it in some other post.

I think it literally means “potty” — like “Shit already or get off the…”  Except in Greek it’s an insult without any of the cute childlike or Victorian connotations of potty.  “Scumbag” is the closest English term I can think of, in terms of power it packs as an insult and with similar hues of both indifferent cruelty and absolute moral vapidity.

Now you know — for when it turns up next.

Comment: nikobakos@gmail.com

3 Responses to “From Ekathimerini: Home of Afghan pupil attacked with stones and — kathikia?”

  1. Anonymous November 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    A descendent of Alexander’s army.

    • nicholasbakos November 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      Why, filara, because he couldn’t possibly be so intelligent unless he was a descendant of Alexander?

      • nicholasbakos November 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

        Or did I misunderstand? Are you extending a hand of bonding and friendship to this kid? Sorry then….

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