Peru: Indigenous community struggles with supplies amid COVID-19 crisis

Amid the government call out urging people to wash their hands to avoid catching coronavirus, the Shipibo Conibo community living in lockdown has no access to water practice basic hygiene. As seen on Wednesday, the indigenous community from Cantagallo shantytown, south of Lima, are also struggling with food and any sort of income due to the ongoing crisis provoked by the outbreak. Most of the 400... Еще members of Shipibo Conibo have not received the state financial support for vulnerable families. «Yes we have a bit of water and rice but it is just for a little while,» said a member of the community. «I have a cup or half a bowl but this is just for one day, no more,» she added. Members could be seen queuing for food and clothing supplies, whilst wearing masks. Peru has more than two million indigenous people living in the Andes and the Amazon. More than half have no sewage infrastructure and 75 percent have no access to health services, according to local reports. So far, only one positive COVID-19 case was registered among the Peruvian indigenous communities. The country is in state of emergency since March 15. According to the Johns Hopkins University, Peru has registered 4,342 confirmed cases and 121 deaths relating to coronavirus.

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