Daw Kar is 22 years old, and a mother to two children. She told us about the impact of coronavirus on her family and village.



"When the pandemic started, we couldn’t go to the town or even visit each other's houses. We couldn’t be in groups of more than five people. I am so sad. I couldn’t buy anything even if I had much money. My family have had to eat just vegetables for so long. I wanted the food from the markets but all the shops were closed and there was no one to sell the food because they were afraid of coronavirus transmission. I prayed everyday for covid-19 to disappear from the world. 

As farmers, this is an important time for planting crops but we couldn’t buy any herbicide because we couldn’t go to the shops. Because of not having herbicide, our crop production will decrease. This is also the time to grow cabbages - most of the men from the village get income by working in the cabbage fields. But now, the owners aren't hiring workers. So we're not getting any income from that. We have to borrow money from each other. I’m worried that students who were attending school will drop out because their parents have less money and they need to work. 

Most of the women go to the stream everyday to catch fish to eat. Normally, during summer evenings in our village, the children, teenagers and some adults used to play guitars and gather in a group under the light of the lamp post. But now, because of the lockdown laws no one is doing that. The children would like to visit other houses, but their parents won't let them. 

The school in our village usually stays open every summer, meaning parents could work in the fields during the day while children go to school. Now the children keep asking the teachers when the school will open again as they want to go back to school.

The teachers from UWS tell us about covid-19, and the importance of hand washing and social distancing. The teachers also say to use soap every time we wash our hands, and to wash our hands when we touch things outside. They also tell us that using our hands to cover our mouths everytime we cough is essential. I have been telling the children in the village this information, and making sure they tell their mothers who are going fishing. 

In our village, the village leaders tells us the latest covid-19 information every morning and evening. We have a curfew and everybody from the village has to come back before 9 pm. He also tells us to wear a mask every time we going to the nearest town. We used to only wash our hands when they were dirty, but now we wash them frequently."


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