Madhya Pradesh: 5 Siblings Orphaned In Covid, Begging For Survival

  • | Saturday | 28th August, 2021

The worst days in these kids life after their parents passed away in Covid. 

In Madhya Pradesh`s Valmiki community, 5 siblings got orphaned due to Covid19 and are seen begging for their survival. 

The children - three sisters and two brothers, the youngest of who is seven months old and the oldest 10 - don`t even have a proper roof over their heads; they live in a partially damaged shack near a cremation ground; when it rains they scamper to a tin-roofed shed inside the grounds.

Their father - Raghavendra Valmiki, died in February and their mother - Girija - in June. Both succumbed to the coronavirus. Since then the children have been left to fend for themselves.

"Our parents died as the virus spread. We have nothing to eat... so we daily get food and milk from the villagers, who also provided us clothes. We request the government to provide us a house... food, drinking water and education," Nisha, the oldest child, said.

Since their parents` death, Nisha has assumed the role of father and mother for her siblings. They do have a grandfather who lives in the village, but locals say he does not care for them.

Any assistance that might come their way from the Madhya Pradesh government has been delayed for want of ID and documents.

Worse still, in May the state launched a special scheme for 1,001 children orphaned during the pandemic. The `Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Baal Seva Yojna` is supposed to provide financial and food security for children, as well as taking care of their education.

The five children from Amaha village are not part of that scheme, despite local officials having been informed of their heartbreaking plight.

"We informed officers... but nothing happened. Former minister Govind Singh also informed officials, and then some documents were made... their lives depend on those papers," Sachin Sharma, one of the villagers taking care of the children, said.


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