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AMPO and COVID-19: Update from Tondtenga

Hi, my name is Moustapha YANDA and I’ve heard of this pandemic that started in China and arrived in Burkina Faso by plane. In the beginning I was worried because the disease spread so quickly and killed so many people. I’ve been told that you can catch it from coughs and sneezes, if you come into contact with someone who is ill.

We now wear mask to protect ourselves and we now have wash basins and we use disinfectant gel we received from donors. We stay on the farm and are not allowed to leave. Fortunately we have everything we need and we still get regular provisions. Anything else we harvest ourselves from our vegetable garden or from our fields. We also send our produce to the orphanages in the city. But the disease is always present on our doorstep and we still have to be very careful. Maybe in a few weeks’ time we’ll be able to visit our families in the villages, but we don’t want to be the carriers of the virus.

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