Coronavirus made hunger, poverty more severe

A 65-year-old trader at the Aso community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state has asked the Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA) team to tell Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president that Coronavirus is making hunger and poverty more severe for the residents.

The woman popularly known as Mama Gombe told the MAWA team that visited Aso market to interact with people on the impact of coronavirus in their lives, to help tell Buhari that they are dying of poverty and hunger.

Mama Gombe while lamenting the impact of coronavirus in her life and some community residents said there was never a time she witnessed a hard time as coronavirus pandemic brought.

She explained that the pandemic has destroyed businesses and it is on the verge of destroying livelihood as well.

Mama Gombe said that before the pandemic, her business was moving well while her sale was manageable.

She disclosed that since the coronavirus began, businesses in the community have since collapsed and life has become more difficult for residents.

This is even as Mama Gombe said they have been suffering before the coronavirus, pointing out that the pandemic helped in making life more difficult for them.

“Before the coronavirus outbreak, we were already suffering poverty and hunger, the pandemic has contributed to making life more difficult for us”.

Worse still, Mama Gombe told the MAWA team that despite the agony and suffering they went through during the coronavirus lockdown; no single palliative was given to them by the government.

A situation she described as wickedness on the side of the government, accusing them of a deliberate attempt to kill poor and innocent citizens.

Other market women who spoke to the MAWA team, confirming Mama Gombe’s claim, said they are in deep poverty and hunger.

A situation they claim became more severe as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

They, however, said they are finding it very difficult to feed their family while appealing to Buhari to help make government intervention that will assist them available.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA

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