Let’s get this out of the way – the way we live while living in Ghana is SO vastly different compared to Ghanaians.
And so we sheltered in place. We have ordered from grocery stores and had fruits and veggies delivered. It’s been three weeks, and the shelter in place has lifted. The restrictions on social gatherings are still in place, the borders are still closed, as are the schools.
While we may be annoyed at staying inside, and getting tired of it, and gently teasing each other about how often we are (or are not) going outside, I keep thinking of everyone else.
Ghanaians can’t socially distance from a wide variety of people, they live together in small places, and multiple people live in the same house. They don’t have running water in their homes to wash hands all the time.
It’s similar to the Navajo Nation in the US, and other reservations and places where people live in poverty.
And so we will continue to stay home. Please do the same, we need to do what we can to protect the vulnerable population – the elderly, those in high risk categories, the people who have to work. Stay home so that they may stay safe.
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