The Covid-19 Pandemic disrupted life for everyone all around the globe. We were excited to work with This is Africa as part of their storytelling project, on this tripartite video animation series capturing the various ways in which the pandemic has had disproportionate economic impact on the urban poor (economically vulnerable households), with serious implications on family relationships.
Watch the 3 episodes below
Episode one introduces the family and captures the animated challenges the family faces. It’s a story about the Phiri family living in the high-density suburbs. A family of four, faced with their unique version of a distressing time during this pandemic.
Based on the lockdown experiences of the Phiri family, mourning the loss of a loved one during the pandemic, episode two focusses on dispelling some rampant myths and misinformation on COVID-19 vaccination and encourages people to get vaccinated as doses are becoming available across the continent.
In this episode we highlight that the need for wearing masks remains essential, even now that some people are being vaccinated. There are several good reasons to keep masking up and observing physical distancing.
The episode encourages people to continue masking up even with vaccines now being rolled out. The availability of vaccines is not an automatic end for the pandemic and it’s not an instant return to normal.
The experiences of the Phiri family have highlighted the numerous effects COVID-19 has had on family dynamics. However, despite the numerous challenges, the lessons the Phiri family has learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic, their optimism, trials, tribulations and triumphs give us hope that we will come out of the pandemic bruised and battered but stronger.
This series is a creative storytelling collaboration between This is Africa (TIA) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)