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The Rusizi border between Bukavu and Rwanda

In the face of various security-related, climatic, economic and financial problems that affect Bukavu, a city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many women choose to try their luck in the neighbouring country, Rwanda, which appears to be more stable lately. They organise themselves to purchase goods on the other side of the border and resell them. This enables them a small-scale trade to sustain their families.

For the last six months, due to the pandemic, the two borders between the cities of Bukavu and Kamembe (in Rwanda) have been closed. All these women working in small-scale trade saw their only survival strategy dissolve with no explanation. Coronavirus became a nightmare.

When will the borders open again? What is the origin of the coronavirus? How can we fight it? These questions remain unanswered.

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