Nigeria: Children's Stories From Nigeria Bring Home the Stark Reality of Covid-19's Impact On Their Lives

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For every parent who died, a child has been bereaved. For every teacher who died, a child has lost a shining light. And for every school that was closed, millions of children in poor countries without access to the internet were left further behind. LEADERSHIP newspaper invited children from five secondary schools in Abuja to produce a special newspaper, headlined, 'My Covid-19 experience.'

It all seems like memories from a distant past. But it's not. This time last year we were in a lockdown. The world was under the monstrous grip of the coronavirus. Rumours and speculation about the origin and nature of this invincible foe were rife, leaving data and science in the dust. Fear ruled the world.

The situation in Europe, especially in Italy and Spain, was particularly dire as the virus overwhelmed their sophisticated medical systems. While researchers and scientists struggled to crack the pathogen, dead bodies that could not be accommodated in morgues began to spill on to church pews and public places.

It was like a horror movie too deranged to script.

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In Nigeria, things unfolded slowly. It was difficult to believe that the round-the-clock horror TV stories were real....

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