August 16, 2020

Hungry and homeless: Philippine ‘jeepney’ drivers hit by virus

Manila (AFP) – Forced off the road by coronavirus lockdowns, Philippine “jeepney” driver Daniel Flores now plies the streets of Manila on foot begging for money to feed his hungry family.The 23-year-old has not picked up a passenger since March when public transport was halted and people ordered to stay home as President Rodrigo Duterte’s government tried to slow the fast-spreading contagion.Jeepneys¬†— first made from leftover US jeeps after World War II — are a national symbol in the Philippines, and serve as the backbone of the country’s transport system, providing rides for millions of pe…


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