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Urban Poverty Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Let me return to the poverty in which I was born, and gain a livelihood by the labour of my hands… The Literary Panorama, and National Register, Volume 9 by charles taylor Ghana eased its coronavirus lockdown on April 20, 2020, after 3 weeks of partial restrictions on movements in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana’s capital city. While things are […]

April 28, 2020

An urban poor woman in Accra, Ghana's capital city, is unhappy that free food and other goodies that went around during Ghana's 3 weeks lockdown did not reach her. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Let me return to the poverty in which I was born, and gain a livelihood by the labour of my hands… The Literary Panorama, and National Register, Volume 9 by charles taylor Ghana eased its coronavirus lockdown on April 20, 2020, after 3 weeks of partial restrictions on movements in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana’s capital city. While things are […]

Let me return to the poverty in which I was born, and gain a livelihood by the labour of my hands…

The Literary Panorama, and National Register, Volume 9 by charles taylor

Ghana eased its coronavirus lockdown on April 20, 2020, after 3 weeks of partial restrictions on movements in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

While things are starting to pick up in the formal sector of the economy, the coronavirus continues to threaten the livelihood of the urban poor.

Ghana had 1671 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 16 deaths as of April 28, 2020.

The Urban Poor And The COVID-19 Outbreak

I was in Accra central briefly on April 25, 2020, and managed to capture a few interactive and candid scenes amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Attempting to take a candid shot of the street hawker below led to a friendly conversation. Physically distanced, of course — yet socially connected.

It’s simple. She’s an urban poor and feels marginalized.

The urban poor lacks voice and influence in many poorer countries, including Ghana.

Poverty had previously been regarded as a rural problem, but a significant chunk of the world’s poor now live in urban areas. And given the coronavirus outbreak is taking a crushing toll on urban areas, the urban poor are more vulnerable to hunger in times of severe restrictions.

The urban poor below is not happy that she did not get her share of the social assistance that went around during Ghana’s 3 weeks coronavirus lockdown. See some quotes in the photo captions.

Coronavirus Pandemic Street Photography

A few candid shots from the area.

I hope to be able to get out there to document how the urban poor earns their livelihoods in the Accra central area when things slow down. Hoping to call that body of work: Highway of Tears

© 2020 Muntaka Chasant

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