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When there seems no hope, these few will help


When there seems no hope, these few will help

Tackling domestic abuse is particularly hard in lockdown. A few guardian angels are trying to change that

Alaister Russell

When President Cyril Ramaphosa initially announced the decision to put the country under hard lockdown, Leigh (not her real name) was in hospital with two broken hands. She had been attacked by members of her community for a crime her son allegedly committed.

The day after an operation to insert a metal plate into her hand, the hospitals started discharging patients with haste to make room for those infected by Covid-19 or those showing flu-like symptoms.

It was time to go home and heal, but home for Leigh was not a safe place. Her son, grappling with addiction and very dependent on her, had become abusive over recent years. But she was discharged and took an Uber home...

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