How Coronavirus is destroying marriages in Koroduma

Women at the Koroduma community area of Nasarawa are recounting how coronavirus is leading to divorce in many homes.

Some of the women who spoke to Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA Foundation) who visited the community to find out the impact of coronavirus on the people, recounted how some marriages have come to an end as a result of coronavirus.

Mrs. Umeh, while speaking to the MAWA team, said the economic difficulty brought by coronavirus has led to many divorces.

“In Koroduma here, I know of five families that have divorced because of coronavirus, their husbands lost a job and could not provide for the family, their wives not willing to suffer poverty and hunger parked out and left them,” Umeh said.

“One of them a close friend is from Ogoja, in Cross Rivers”, Umeh added.

Monica Abu, who spoke to the MAWA team, narrated how her friend divorced her husband because of coronavirus.

Abu said her friend’s husband was sacked by a bank where he worked, and two months after his sack, things became so tough that his wife could not bear the poverty and hunger while she parked her load and return to her parents in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

Another resident, Mr. Uwauam, told MAWA that he lost his wife to coronavirus. Uwuam who said he married two months before the coronavirus told the MAWA team that his wife left him two months after he was sacked by his employer and could not provide food and took care of other basic things.

He, however, said that the worst thing that had happened to him is the coronavirus, angry; Uwuam said he lost his job and wife to the pandemic, a situation he said has since rendered him hopeless and miserable.

Uwuam told MAWA team that he is not the only one in the mess, pointing out that three other men he knows, had their wife parked and left them when they could not take care of the home financially.

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

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