Our True Voice are the eyes and ears of the communities that drive the ECID programme.

They are our network of community reporters sharing first-hand accounts of the challenges and solutions of social exclusion.


The existence of Covid-19 is questionable for some

Virginia Nyika


Reporting topics:
Health, elderly

As the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, we have been asking marginalised communities about how they were hearing about Covid-19, what they were hearing and what their perception was. This report shared by Virginia gives an insight into one elderly woman in rural Zimbabwe.

Mbuya Mangezi is an elderly widow above the age of 70 who lives in Dora ward 5. She said she is not sure whether Covid-19 is there or not. 

She does not own a cellphone or radio. She gets the information from her neighbours.  In her opinion people might just want to put fear in her. 

She does not believe as she hasn’t seen or heard any local cases in her area which makes the outbreak questionable. She hasn’t heard of quarantine centres. She was given food aid by a local church. She encourages the donors to supply drugs to their local clinic.