13 May 2020

Street children left struggling to survive during Nigeria lockdown

Africa Correspondent

Nigeria has recorded nearly 5,000 cases of coronavirus and 158 deaths. These relatively low figures are due in part to the government there introducing early – and strict lockdown measures.

But with nearly half of the country’s population living hand-to-mouth, for them lockdown has had a particularly high price. And no group is more vulnerable than the millions of children – who call the streets their home. Many of them live in Lagos, the country’s largest city and the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.