DRC has seen epidemics before, but Covid-19’s toll on older people leaves me sleepless

Posted by on May 18, 2020 3:30 am
Categories: Global Stories

Many of the people I support in Kinshasa have no money, no soap, no water – and when they are struggling to breathe, no ventilators

We’re used to emergencies and people dying in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whether it’s a result of the long-running conflict or Ebola, cholera and malaria. But coronavirus has knocked us for six, because it has affected people we are very close to.

I’ve been working in development for decades, but I have to admit I have shed tears these past few weeks.

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