Photo Gallery The American Nightmare

The financial crisis in the US has triggered a social crisis of historic dimensions. Soup kitchens are suddenly in great demand and tent cities are popping up in the shadow of glistening office towers. Even drug dealers are feeling the pinch.
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The financial crisis in the US has triggered a social crisis of historic dimensions. Soup kitchens, like this one in Detroit, Michigan, are suddenly in great demand.

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The crisis in the automobile industry has hit Detroit hard.

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Detroit's poor wait in line to receive gifts of food, personal care, household items and toys.

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Families eat lunch at a soup kitchen in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Tent cities have also been growing across the country. This tent city in Sacramento became famous after Oprah Winfrey visited it.

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Sacramento recently cleared the tent city as a result of the negative publicity.

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Newly homeless couple Tammy and Keith Day wait for their dinner to cook in the Sacramento tent city.

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The scenes are reminiscent of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

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The euphoria surrounding US President Barack Obama has started to ebb away as the crisis deepens.

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Demonstrators in Santa Monica, California, protest against Obama's stimulus package.

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