THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE

DHINHARA
Posted June 28, 2020 from Zimbabwe

 

The global Covid-19 pandemic inevitably brought more harm to the lives  of young people. The whole notion of this disease centered around the mass destruction of the lives of the youths especially in underdeveloped countries like Zimbabwe. Thus the aspirations of this study is to explore the sensations produced by the Covid-19 to the lives of young people who are in both urban and remote regions. Due to the lockdown which was imposed as a measure of reducing the spreading of the Covid-19, many unmarried men are now spending much of their times at home and this has brought the life of  girl child at risk inevitably. The unmarried men are developing the sexual desire whilst they do not have the partners to whom they could quench their sexual thirst so this has put the life of a young people especially young ladies, evidentially a 17 year old lady sort for assistance at St Mary's clinic on 24 April after being inducted by their neighbor. Hence it is pellucid to claim that the covid19 has affected the lives of young people because those victims are likely to suffer from psychological traumatic stress disorders ( PTSDs). This means that the whole of life of those victims will be characterized by recalcitrance. Proceeding, the Covid-19 has brought to head the emotional abuse to young people. Parents are now spending most of their times in their respective homes with their children, despite that the issue of gender based violence is increasing and the quarrels between couples are being done in the presence of their children. Thus the children are being abused emotionally and this affects their present and future life psychologically through observing the behavior of their parents as purported by Albert Bandura, therefore it is indubitable that the Covid-19 affects the young people's lives. Consequently, the Covid-19 fueled the impact of gender based violence. In the modern world education is the key to success therefore young people's hope lies within the whole notion of education, however due to the Covid-19 disease the schools were shut down then the ministry of education launched the online learning. This issue of online learning many tertiary students are now on a point of loosing their hopes because the educational ministry failed to pay attention to the intersection point of the economical status of each and every student. Therefore the theme "education for all" is no longer existing in the current lives of the youths in Zimbabwe due to Covid-19. The economy of Zimbabwe is already in it's last breathe therefore most of the young people from high density suburbs survive through scavenging for them to eke a living. Dolefully all these survival strategies had be prohibited as a measure to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Although the government is trying some food rationing programs to underprop the youths with some food. However these food programs are just existing in media and press because the corruption is now the order of the day, hence the future is in the hands of young people the struggle of starvation is real, therefore this corruption rising currently in this time of Covid19 will continue to exist in the lives of the youths because we are the politicians of tomorrow.  The youths in Zimbabwe are mostly surviving on informal sectors, examplary touting, money changing as well as peace jobbing, vending, nonetheless all these survival strategies had been desisted only because of this current pandemic diseases which has nothing to do with your race or even your creeds. The young people particularly those in urban areas have nowhere to obtain the food since those informal businesses had been their sources of income, therefore these youths are end up robing and burglarizing and the lastly they are put into custody. After being imprisoned many young people are failing to copy with the societal values and norms, hence one can argue that Covid-19 is destructing the lives of the youths.  Mostly in remote areas of Zimbabwe the young people eke a living through hot culture and fish production and there is nowhere for them to supply their products. Due to the Covid-19 disease it is now difficult for them to eke a living in rural areas since they used to supply their produces in towns and cities in which the lockdown is socioeconomically  affecting the youths' lives.  Zimbabwe is a more Christianized country and the churches had been playing a pivotal role in shaping the lives of the youths. The grandparents  are no longer initializing the youths concerning sexual act therefore the churches and some youth groups had taken the grounds of them in orienting the youths, anyhow on account of Covid-19 the youths are no longer obtaining the sex education sith the gatherings had been limited and now the youth are engaging in some unprotected sex without any consideration of STls and HIV. The Covid-19 cases of deaths are now increasing in Zimbabwe as well those people who died of this pandemic left their children as orphans and sometimes there will be no one to provide them with some school fees and tuitions, therefore the end results will be dropping out of school or doing some sex work. In spite of the above arguments, the  Covid-19 to the other side of the coin brought some positive effects to the lives of the young people. The pandemic without a doubt strengthened the notion of family love and bond. Families are now spending most of their times under one room with their children and they are getting a priceless time of orienting their children, therefore one can credit the Covid-19 disease on that issue because the family bases are now being cemented.  Further, the urban young people had been spending much of their times abusing some drugs as a way of getting rid of stress since the unemployment rate is at it's peak, henceforth because of Covod-19 the government deployed a military force to work against the unnecessary movements and gatherings which is a direct indication to the drug abuse deduction.  In comprehending the above study, one can insinuate that the Covid-19 brought more detriments to the lives of the young people especially in underdeveloped countries like Zimbabwe. Despite the fact that the Covid-19 had been declared a formidable epidemic disease the government should implement some moderations to anticipate the dissemination of Covid-19 as well as taking into consideration the social economic life of the young people in both urban and rural regions.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Chi8629
Jun 28
Jun 28

Welcome to worldpluse .
Thank you for sharing .
Please stay out there .

Beth Lacey
Jun 29
Jun 29

It is so unfortunate that this story is playing itself out around the world. The governments have a dual responsibility to stop the transmission of COVID and protect the lives of all people in their countries

Dr Jackie
Jun 29
Jun 29

Hi Hara,
I love the fact that you captured some of the good things that covid has brought to our world.....more family binding time! Life will always throw stuff at us, but we can always stand stronger. In my community, we are noticing similar trends. As community leaders, necessity has been laid upon us to rise up for the most vulnerable.

Please stay safe and healthy!
Jackie

Hello, Hara,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy to know a new voice from is Zimbabwe rising up!

How tragic that there is no safe places for some women and children during this pandemic. If they go out, they'll be infected with the coronavirus. If they stay home, they are vulnerable to violence in different forms. Thank you for speaking up about this issue. Unfortunately, what takes place in your country is the same in many parts of the world. I agree with Beth.

Please write more! We love to know more about you, what you do, and what you deeply care about.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 07
Jul 07

Dear Hara
This pandemic we all are facing is so painful.Thanks for sharing your contributions on COVID-19 situation on youths in Zimbabwe.Its similar everywhere.Courage dear sister
Love
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Kabahenda
Jul 11
Jul 11

Sister Dhinhara,

A very warm welcome from World Pulse and thanks for educating us about the effect of COVID-19 on the lives of young people in Zimbabwe.

The unfortunate thing is that your story is the story of other young people in other parts of Africa.

The problem widespread and complex, but you are doing an important job of highlighting this to the world.

Since the majority of people are under lockdown, is it possible to raise awareness through radio and television for people in rural and urban areas?

Perhaps alerting community, political and religious leaders to the problem and encouraging the youth to protect themselves by reporting to the authorities might help in a small way.

Keep on writing. Be safe and more power to you.

In sisterhood.

Asaad Ali
Jul 12
Jul 12

Hello sister
Thank you for sharing
Stay safe

Anita Shrestha
Jul 13
Jul 13

Thank you for sharing