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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Really missing church


Zambia: 26-year-old Laika Lizimu's Story

Date of diary session: 7 May 2020

 “The good thing is that we are free to access sexual and reproductive health products and services, including condoms.”

The situation is tough. The country is facing an economic crisis, with movement restrictions and no unnecessary gatherings. I have been locked down with my family and it is really hectic, because it's promoting stigma. We are no longer living the life of peace we had been living some years back.

The good thing is that we are free to access sexual and reproductive health products and services, including condoms. I have been actively supporting my family, friends and community by sensitizing them about the symptoms, signs and precaution measures of COVID-19.

My work has not stopped

I'm a youth facilitator working with young people in schools, health centres and the community at large. During this lockdown I have not stopped the facilitation work but I am doing it via social media, especially Facebook. I also use SMS and WhatsApp for facilitation in terms of schooling. I am currently upgrading my studies at one of the universities in Zambia. However, I am doing both my work and studies through social media e-learning.

Missing church and outdoor games

I really miss church services, outdoor games and other gatherings like parties because they promote interaction among us as young people. My advice to other young people is that the future for the next generation is now: eat healthy food, do exercises and take a lot of liquids.

Even during this pandemic, I am very grateful for the efficient use of media for both work and studies.

About the #YouthAndCOVID19 Series

The UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office through its flagship programme for youth, the Safeguard Young People programme, has been engaging with young people in the region to find out how they are coping with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the project is to share best practices among the youth and to expose them to the many interventions and responses to COVID-19 that UNFPA and its partners have put in place during this time.

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