Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.
The city of Puebla, known for its vibrant college life, finds its economy wobbling in the wake of a student strike and the coronavirus pandemic. For scores of enterprises, staying afloat in 2020 has been hard – or, in some cases, impossible.
Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.
Part 2 in a Series: Tens of thousands of DRC residents earn a living by trading across the border with Rwanda. Now, the border is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and experts warn that an economic disaster is imminent.
Just as officials prepared to declare the country Ebola-free, COVID-19 hit. Authorities are taking strict measures. But many residents, having survived one devastating epidemic without isolation, are skeptical they need to disrupt their lives for another.
Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.
A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.
With cruise ships not sailing, tour guides, shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Old San Juan and across the region say business has stopped. Though the economy is set to reopen, the question remains: When will the tourists return?
The number of traditional obsidian carvers in Mexico has steadily dwindled. The remaining artisans faced financial hardship and a risk of illness that threatened to destroy their ancient art form – and that was before the coronavirus arrived.