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Going home or staying safe in NE Nigeria, an impossible choice

Maiduguri - "Boko Haram was in my house!" three-year-old Aisha said with a frown, sat next to her mother Hadiza in a run-down camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Coronavirus and poverty: The problematic connection

The impact of the coronavirus infection upon a person is connected to the health of the individual. The rates of transmission correlate with overcrowding and poverty, with many living in these conditions affected by poor health.

Shame, frustration and dreams in Madrid's 'hunger lines'

Madrid - Although her face is covered by a black mask, Rita Carrasco still wears bright red lipstick. But her easy smile faltered when she had to join Madrid's "hunger lines" for food aid."It was a hard moment.

In one French city, healing hardship on the front line for the jobless

Marseille - They see the struggle behind the statistics -- every day, staff at a job centre in the southern French city of Marseille try to heal the financial distress that has been compounded by the pandemic.When the doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Turks grapple with poverty as inflation bites

Ankara - Gulay Avsar is a regular at a market in Ankara's old town, where prices are more reasonable than most other places around the Turkish capital.

Pandemic pushed LatAm extreme poverty to 20-year high, says UN

Santiago - Extreme poverty in Latin America has reached its worst level in 20 years due to the coronavirus pandemic, a report by the UN said on Thursday.

Make-up artist and sniper prepared to die for Venezuela

Caracas - Dressed in camouflage, her face covered in mud, Ismaira Figueroa holds her position on a hill, rifle in hand, as she takes part in military exercises simulating an invasion."I feel like I was born to do this and if I had to die for this...

Xi boasts of Chinese 'miracle' in tackling poverty

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, though questions continue to surround the Communist Party's criteria for making the claim.

Poverty road in China drives some to riches, leaves others behind

At his village along a "poverty alleviation road" in Hunan province, farmer Liu Qingyou shares a booklet detailing how Xi Jinping's government has hoisted him and 100 million other Chinese from the breadline.

China's poverty eradication: what has been achieved?

Bejing - China claimed last year it had met a long-trumpeted target of lifting all its people out of extreme poverty.

New Zealand to issue free period products in schools

Wellington - New Zealand will distribute free sanitary products in schools to combat "period poverty" among the disadvantaged, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday.

Brazil favelas launch bank amid economic hit of pandemic

S - The economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic has hit especially hard in Brazil's favelas, but the country's 10 biggest slums now have a plan to fight back: they are launching their own bank.

In locked-down Lebanon, many fear poverty more than virus

Tripoli - Lebanon may be under a strict pandemic lockdown to stem raging coronavirus rates, but father-of-six Omar Qarhani is still working, desperate to support his family.

No computer, no heat: UK's poorest struggle with homeschooling

London - With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of children in Britain are struggling to learn remotely, because of a lack of computers, internet or quiet room to study.

Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan

Apo - Yuichiro welled up as he collected a food parcel at a Tokyo outreach event offering help to the growing number of Japanese pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic."There is no work.

The dire plight of many renters in the U.S. revealed

The U.S. rental housing market is increasing and so are the numbers of people who are struggling. The new rentership society has been significantly affected by the economic downturn, triggered by COVID-19, and presided over by Donald Trump.

For young Senegalese, perilous journey to Europe worth the risk

Mbour - Djiby Dieng packed just a tiny backpack when he boarded a brightly coloured wooden boat at the Senegalese port of Mbour to seek his fortune in Europe.

Brazil's poor fear looming end of Covid emergency cash

Salvador - Since she and her husband lost their jobs because of the pandemic, Ilma Silva Santos, a construction worker from the slums of Salvador in northeastern Brazil, has been feeding her family of five thanks to government relief payments -- now set to expire...

Turin restaurants unite to serve Italy's needy

Turin - In the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Del Cambio restaurant, chef Matteo Baronetto fusses over a boiling vat of paccheri -- fat pasta tubes to be immersed in a light tomato sauce.

Anger in France over 'brutal' migrant removal as security bill wins green light

Paris - French authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the "brutal" removal by police of a camp of migrants in central Paris, as parliament gave initial approval to a new security law condemned by activists as eroding press freedom.

Police use tear gas to disperse migrant camp in central Paris

Paris - Police used tear gas as they dismantled a new migrant camp in the centre of Paris set up to house hundreds of refugees evacuated from makeshift suburban shelters without being relocated.

Op-Ed: Election 2020 — Ignorance vs competence

Washington - Well, if 2016 was new insofar as absolute babble was the currency, now it’s predictable. The solution to the problem is “There is no problem”, etc. Everything’s just dandy peachy keen, according to Trump. It's about ignorance vs competence.

Venezuelans 'dying slowly' in rat- and roach-infested homes

Caracas - Sunlight cannot penetrate, the air is fetid and fellow residents include rats and cockroaches -- but that's how 14 families are "dying slowly" in government accommodation in Venezuela's capital Caracas.

Pandemic could push 115 mn into extreme poverty in 2020: World Bank

Washington - As many as 115 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty this year due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned Wednesday.

Pandemic deepens struggle of Mexico's indigenous villages

Metlatonoc - In the poverty-stricken mountains of southern Mexico, children can only dream of internet or television that would allow them to join millions of others following distance learning during the pandemic.

Op-Ed: ‘Apocalyptic’ 2020 election – America’s ghosts are raised

Washington - How the United States got itself into the insane situation in which it finds itself for the 2020 election is all too obvious. Decades of deliberate polarization. Why America wants to raise its ugliest ghosts, however, is much less clear.

Beirut blasts heap fresh woes on deeper Lebanon crisis

Beirut - For the Lebanese people, who have watched helplessly as their economy has collapsed in recent months, the devastating explosion in Beirut is one disaster too many.

Disabled Gaza couple make dolls to give their children 'decent life'

Rafah - With skilled fingers, disabled Gazan couple Nihad and Zeinab Jarboa have supported themselves by sewing finely detailed dolls and costumes, but coronavirus has hurt their already meagre income.

Areas in the U.S. with the highest loan take-up rates revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the U.S. economy, and one of the measures of this is with the take-up of loans. New data from WalletHub shows considerable variation throughout the U.S., as measured by individual states.

Egypt homeless, street children hit hard by pandemic scourge

Apo - Wandering Cairo's bustling streets, Zeinab was struggling to survive by selling tissues when the coronavirus left her even more vulnerable, along with thousands of other homeless people and street children.
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