Lockdown: Homeless people in Lagos hit hard, speak on their living condition
- The homeless in Lagos and victims of Abule Egba explosion are having a hard time surviving during this lockdown
- Totally against WHO's recommendation on social distancing, some of them live in places crammed with many people
- One of the victims, a mother, said she stays in a place that is unbefitting for the population it houses
With the lockdown in Lagos, BBC reports that residents of Abule Ado and victims of gas cylinders explosion are bearing the harder brunt.
According to the same media, they have been sleeping outside or in crowded spaces since they lost their houses to the fire.
The case of Peace Dim wrenches the heart. A mother of two, she said that she has been staying in a jampacked place with other victims of the incident.
In that kind of situation, any kind of social distancing as advised by WHO is not even possible. In speaking with the BBC, she described their situation in great detail.
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“In this house now, we have three married men whose wives are squatting elsewhere, two bachelors, a spinster, including myself, my children and a friend’s child. The son of the man who owns the house is also here," she said.
Of great desolation is the story of Joseph Ojuwku, a landlord of six apartments and six shops blocks whose fortune reversed and now squats in a friend’s house.
He said he had to send his family back to the village so that he does not put undue pressure on his friend’s accommodation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Dr Amara Allison was the medical officer who diagnosed Nigeria’s first case of Covid-19.
After that experience, she had to go through a compulsory 14-day quarantine with 35 other people who had been in contact with the patient.
In an interview, she said the quarantine experience was quite unreal, saying she could not imagine being in that situation.
She said by the third day, she was drowned with emotions and became visibly afraid of the situation she was in.
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Thankfully, her family gave all the emotional support she needed during the period, an act she said she is grateful for.
Allison said that the psychological trauma was the greatest thing she dealt with as she lived with mixed thoughts for the quarantine period.
As days went by, she developed a creative way to deal with boredom and anxiety through books and movies.
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