In the Al Sha’ab camp in Aden, 10-year-old Muna shows the world how she’s trying to stay safe from the coronavirus.
Ten-year-old Muna Zayed is one of around 1.7 million internally displaced children in Yemen, the world’s largest humanitarian emergency. The situation in Yemen is dire, and the need to reduce the additional strain of coronavirus spreading is urgent.
Muna lives with her family in Al Sha’ab camp in Aden, in the south of the country, after ongoing fighting forced them to flee their home in Taiz. Muna’s school is closed as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But she still wants to show the world what her day looks like.
How Muna and her family are staying safe from COVID-19
Muna walks with a school friend to the camp’s main water tank to collect clean water for washing and cooking.
On the way, they stop at the main bathrooms in the camp, so Muna can wash her face. She says residents try to keep the bathrooms clean to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus.
Muna says she tries to collect water when there are less people around, so it’s less likely that COVID-19 will spread.
Muna’s cousin brings some vegetables to the family’s home, so she cleans them carefully before cutting them up for cooking to help her mother prepare lunch.
Muna says she knows it’s important that people wash their hands regularly to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Residents in the camp don’t always have soap, but they still try to wash their hands thoroughly.
If Muna, a 10 year old girl can take such a good number of preventive measures to protect her family from the deadly COVID-19 ,then definitely we too can take such measures to protect ours as well.Let’s fight together against this pandemic and win over this.
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