The Covid-19 is starving the South

Between the houses made of dried earth and tin, Alphonsine walks to the market of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, a  basin on her head. Inside, her peanuts are the only source of income for the 45-year-old grandmother. Before Covid-19, it was enough: she was alone. Today, she has to feed four of her twenty-two grandchildren, because their father lost his job in March 2020 due to the epidemic. Then he disappeared.

Because of the recession caused by the Covid-19 crisis, more than 140,000 people in the Central African Republic will fall into extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. Worldwide, they are more than 150 million. For the first time in almost a quarter of a century, extreme poverty is increasing throughout the world.

Report in Central Africa with Alphonsine and her neighbors from Bangui, the capital, but also Balkissou living in a refugee camp or Grace-A-Dieu and Exaucé who had to leave school because of lack of money.


Cécile Bontron reporter

Laurent Weyl photojournalist