Maggie Andresen

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Rwanda's Markets Brace for COVID-19
Location: Nigeria
Nationality: American
Biography: Maggie Andresen is a freelance photojournalist, writer, and video journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. She reports on intersections between human rights, healthcare, migration, gender, and the changing environment. She has been published by The... MORE
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Rwanda's Markets Brace for COVID-19
Copyright Maggie Andresen 2022
Updated May 2020
Topics coronavirus, Covid-19, covid19, Epidemics, Fear, Food, Health/Healing, Isolation, Pandemics, Photojournalism
REUTERS: Price gouging of 17 essential items, including rice, sugar, and cooking oil, was expressly prohibited by Rwanda's Ministry of Trade in response to hiked prices after COVID-19 disruption. As Rwandan consumers buy these nonperishable items and more in bulk, vendors are forced to import more goods at higher prices. "We used to sell 100 KG of beans in one or two weeks," said Yousef Abdul, a vendor at Kimironko market. "But now we've sold that within two days."

Taken on assignment for Reuters on 17 March 2020. Republished in Le Monde, Financial Times, NPR, and others.
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