South Africa: Feeding the homeless affected by Covid

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Volunteers in South Africa are feeding needy individuals on a sports activities area the place stray bullets from gang warfare are a every day hazard.

The group, in Lavender Hill outdoors Cape City, hand out meals to homeless individuals and youngsters each day.

They feed some 300 individuals twice a day, after the COVID-19 pandemic positioned an enormous monetary burden on the nation with many individuals needing assist.

However Lavender Hill is located within the notorious 'Cape Flats,' an space recognized for its excessive crime price and gang wars.

The feeding scheme occurs on a soccer pitch that is called the battlefield – as a result of it is a spot the place gangs struggle one another.

Mark Nicholson, a coach with Lavender Hill Sports activities Membership, runs the NGO working with youngsters within the Cape Flats space.

"We have got 4 rival gangs that's preventing one another and the capturing often occurs, the crossfire goes over the sector," Nicholson stated.

"We are literally presently feeding on the battlefield, which is our feeding place day by day."

The COVID-19 restrictions have shuttered South Africa's already declining financial system, with hundreds of thousands of individuals dwelling in poverty.

Henry Mare, a 43-year-old homeless man, stated occasions are robust.

"Numerous church buildings are closed, the place we used to go and we discover meals there," he stated.

"So we should moderately come right here and even with the gangsterism happening, we're going by means of that and we belief in God that he will maintain us protected and that we will have one thing to eat."