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Saturday, July 4, 2020
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) - The world is at risk of widespread famines resulting from lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The devastating economic impact of Covid-19 is seeing a huge rise in the number of hungry people.
Hamida Begum, a domestic worker in Bangladesh who is now out of work, said: “We only have forty Taka at home (approximately US 50 cents). We have to drink poison to end life if we cannot go out for work. Who will save us from hunger?” The suffering of some 7 million slum dwellers around Dhaka, the capital city, is multiplying due to lost earnings and price hikes of consumer goods.
Most slum dwellers, living in different parts of the capital city, no longer worry about the virus but worry about hunger as they cannot go out to work. They do not have food reserves. Whatever little they have cannot save them from starvation and famine in the coming days.
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