African Children Hungry, Overworked and Fighting For Survival

The ability of Zimbabwean families to take care of children has reportedly been compromised by a collapsing economy, compounded by Covid-19. The Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation in Zimbabwe has estimated that over 20,000 children have turned to vending as a means of survival since the Covid-19 lockdown. Ghanaians say they have had to limit portion sizes at meal times or reduce the number of meals since February 2020. Households with school-age children are more likely than those without children to report being unable to buy the usual amount of food because household income has dropped. In Kenya, a planned elevation of Nakuru to city status halted after it emerged that street children were rounded up last year and dumped at Chemasusu Forest in an incident that left at least five children still unaccounted for to this day.

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