Saturday, June 13, 2020

Food Lines in South Africa

From the New York Post:
South Africa has marshaled huge resources towards preventing its poor from starving because of COVID-19, but undocumented citizens and stranded migrants face hunger as they slip through the net, aid workers say. Some 11,000 families waited for charity food parcels on Wednesday in a queue stretching for several kilometers (about 4 miles) outside South Africa’s capital Pretoria, with some lining up from 4 am. Aid workers estimated more than half of those waiting for the third distribution this month were migrants. President Cyril Ramaphosa has been praised for trying to mitigate the impact of the two-month-old coronavirus shutdown on the country’s most vulnerable, setting aside 50 billion rand ($2.78 billion) for social grants for the poor, who on one measure make up half of Africa’s most industrialized country. (Read more.)

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