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Jul 6, 2021

Locked Down Village Getting Food, Needs Soap and Toilet Paper

On Friday, the government announced a lockdown of three southern villages: Midway, Conejo and Barranco in Toledo.  So what is life like in these areas right now with the travel ban and curfew in place for the next two weeks? Today, we spoke with Chairman Marco Ico of Midway. He supports the lockdown and is thankful for the food packages, but notes that some important hygiene items are not included and so far the financial assistance has not arrived.


On the Phone: Marco Ico, Chairman, Midway Village

“Since then I don’t see nobody on the road. It is very calm and we are abiding by the protocols that they gave. People are not leaving and my people are listening which is very beautiful that they are doing that. The only thing which is affecting them in the houses; we are not getting sugar; we are not getting sweet soap to bathe and especially toilet paper. We need those things for ourselves. More or less with the food – thanks to the Ministry of Health; they are helping us a lot – we get rice, flour, beans, and chicken. So, thanks for that contribution that they are giving us every four days. The one hundred and fifty dollars that they promised us we haven’t seen that yet.  The village people who are in lockdown they cannot leave nowhere; can’t go to work nowhere. Even the shops are not open; the corn mill is not open; nothing; the churches; nothing – there are nothing open right now and it is hard to move and I feel sorry for them. But it isn’t our fault; it is the virus and we have to protect ourselves and control this virus at least.”


Chairman Ico says Ministry of Health personnel have been on the ground distributing food packages to the residents, but some mothers have been unable to get items for babies, including diapers, because of the travel ban and closure of the local shop.

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