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Feeling the brunt of the pandemic

International | Countries begin to count the economic and social cost of the coronavirus on their poorest communities
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/20, 03:49 pm

A clothier in Zambia said her family has felt the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic since the country confirmed its first cases in March. “COVID-19 has led to increased poverty levels in our homes because we are having less income to purchase food items, [and] even the prices of foodstuffs have risen,” Lucy Sunga told a team from World Vision serving in the country.

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Iran joins the fray of mass protests

International | The Islamic country’s government ends unrest with internet blackout
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/26/19, 12:55 pm

Full internet access slowly returned across Iran over the weekend, ending a crackdown on protests the Islamic government labeled as an enemy plot. The clashes echoed ongoing, sporadic outbursts of frustration over repressive leadership throughout the Middle East.

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Mass protests cripple Haiti

International | Demonstrators demand economic reform amid a fuel and food shortage
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/08/19, 05:52 pm

Since early September, thousands of people have crowded the streets of Port-au-Prince and other cities in Haiti burning tires, blocking roads, and looting shops and banks. Marc Honorat, founder of Haiti ARISE ministries, said after flying from Canada to Haiti two weeks ago, he was stranded in the capital city of Port-au-Prince for four days because of roadblocks. Shortages and unrest have also affected the community of Grand Goâve where he works and ministers.

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