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Covid-19 orphans on the rise as virus claims caregivers

Society 6 months ago

The coronavirus isn’t just hurting the economy and healthcare system, but there is also a social impact with child welfare organisations being overwhelmed with calls about children in need of support after losing caregivers.


09 Sep 2020
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Covid-19 orphans on the rise as virus claims caregivers

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When a single Mpumalanga mother died of Covid-19 last month, her three children, aged between nine and 15, did not only lose their only parent and caregiver, but their primary social support structure. The 47-year-old from a small rural village outside Siyabuswa was a domestic worker, a single parent putting food on the table and building a home for her children. “What is going to be of her children now? They have a lot to deal with…the loss, grief, the stigma, anxiety and uncertainty about the future. On top of that, they have to now go live with relatives. That...

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