According to a May report by a market research and economic studies company, three out of 10 people in Managua have lost their main source of income due to Covid-19. There is much speculation that "the situation is rapidly worsening" but there are no official figures yet. Even less information is available about the impact on rural areas.
"The population near Lake Apanás in Jinotega says it is the people of the city who bring the disease," says Norvin Palma, project coordinator for La Cuculmeca, a non-governmental organisation that advocates for human rights and the environment. This is according to a survey conducted in 18 communities around the lake.
"The families told us that they are already distant because their houses are at least 500 to 600 meters apart. 'If someone comes to visit us, they always wear masks', they told one of our colleagues during the interviews," says Norvin, who is also coordinator of the MASLAGO multi-stakeholder group and representative of La Cuculmeca, Rikolto's partner in this platform.
Learn the story behind the group of organisations that fight for the conservation and sustainability of Apanás in this video.