Pandemic Sees Orphaned South African Children In Port Elizabeth


Port Elizabeth, South Africa — at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, sees thousands of children left orphaned after losing their parents to coronavirus.

Many locals have stepped up to assume responsibility for the children in their extended families left without their primary caretakers — such as local church leader Khaya Tyatya who says nobody expected this painful situation.




The community has rallied together to organise food drives and provide other necessities for the children.

Many struggle to stay strong as they grieve their deceased loved ones and wonder how to heal forward from the loss while doing the best for the innocent children.

Khaya Tyatya draws from his faith to cope with the harsh reality.

“What is it that I have done to deserve this? But there are things, there are questions that cannot be answered on this side of the world, they will be answered. Hence I always say to them when I preach, I want to go to heaven and ask Jesus, personally one-on-one, why was this allowed to happen to us?”

Brutal Second Wave

The unprecedented global health crisis has hit South Africa the hardest on the continent — with a cumulative total of over 1.5 million confirmed cases and almost 50,000 deaths.



In a positive turn of events, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that South Africa will enter a lower coronavirus alert level in light of a dip in new daily infections.

In addition, as part of the country’s ongoing vaccination campaign, 11 million vaccines from Johnson & Johnson — which is expected to provide 57-85% efficacy against mild to severe disease caused by the more contagious coronavirus strain, have been secured.


Written by PH

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