We cannot send money home anymore because of Covid-19 - African women in UK share experiences

We cannot send money home anymore because of Covid-19 - African women in UK share experiences

- In a short video interview, three women from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Somalia have spoken about the effect of the pandemic on their families in Africa

- Mercy Dingwiza, a Zimbabwean in the UK, said that her mom who solely depends on her is badly hit by the lockdown as she cannot send money home

- Lucy Isaiah, a Nigerian designer in the same country, also lamented the fact that the situation has stopped the remittances her family usually got

It is no news that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the world economy, and many individuals are affected.

In a short BBC documentary, three African women in the UK have spoken about how the lack of movement and business, as usual, has stopped them from sending money back home.

A Nigerian woman with the name Lucy Isaiah and a fashion designer said that she has not been able to do anything since the lockdown restriction and that has stopped her from sending her mom money.

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She added that she used to send her brothers some cash whenever they were in need of support, but all that is no longer possible.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has actually affected a lot of my work. As a designer, I sell in the market, I cannot do that at the moment," she said.

Another woman living in the UK, a Zimbabwean, Mercy Dingwiza, said that she is the person her family, especially her mom, depend on for food.

She said that with the whole new development, her mom does not have where to get food as money to home has stopped.

The third woman, Ayan Mahamoud, who is a former Somaliland representative to the UK, said that the fund that people like her send helps take care of dependants' basic needs like food, health, and education.

She worried about how Somalis, in general, are coping as they have not had to work for close to two months now.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a video emerged of Dino Melaye, a Nigerian politician, giving money to some banana hawkers, advising them on the need to stay at home and obey the guidelines on coronavirus.

Before the politician gave the hawkers money, he spoke long to them on how they are endangering their lives by going out and selling their wares during the pandemic.

He said that they may not know when they could come in contact with any infected customer. One of the women said that though she knew the danger of doing such, she could not afford to stay at home.

She said she has six children to feed and hearing them cry of hunger is something she cannot bear. The woman added that though she may be able to bear the lockdown effect, her kids cannot.

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