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Reference : V-P-CM-E-00141
Date : 06/2020
Country/Region : CAMEROON
Caption : Yaoundé. Young residents of the Foyer Colonel-Daniel-de-Rouffignac for the visually impaired wash their hands as a COVID-19 prevention measure.
Photographer : BELOUMOU, Daniel
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article, 24.06.2020
Cameroon: Navigating the distance created by COVID-19
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"The home is open to everyone, be they blind, visually impaired, abandoned, orphaned or troubled," says Edwige Mbazoa, now 86, who for more than 20 years has run the Foyer Colonel-Daniel-de-Rouffignac. Under her care and guidance, the couple dozen children and young people who live there are dreaming of finding their place in the wider world, despite the obstacles they face.
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To help the home in these difficult times, the ICRC and the Cameroon Red Cross Society have provided handwashing stations and hygiene items. We also taught the children how to take precautionary measures.
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The potential for the spread of COVID-19 has changed things for us at the home. Edwige told us that the crisis "has siphoned away all the funding. The people and organizations that usually support us aren't giving as much."
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The residents of the home might be more isolated from the rest of the world, but the ties between them remain just as close.
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On the rare occasions when they do go out, they take all the precautions they can. They’re taking things one step at a time.
Original material : slide
Resolution : 8500x5667
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour

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