“I am starving now”: the world is facing an unprecedented hunger crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic

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It’s Friday morning in the township of Alexandra – a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg – and dozens of people are gathered in a field outside a point of distributing food, hoping today is the day they have something to eat.

“If you’re hungry, it’s easy to get sick from stress and everything,” says Mduduzi Khumalo, who has been queuing up every day for the past two weeks. To get food, your name must be on the list, and so far, despite several registrations, hers has not been.

Khumalo worked as a delivery man before the coronavirus lockout in South Africa decimated his income. Her children used to eat two meals a day at school, but the schools are closed now. Every day the children wait for him in the family’s tiny house and every day brings the same bad news.

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