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After Covid-19 hit Peru, he walked hundreds of miles to the house

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Tambo and his daughter first came to the Peruvian capital from a remote village in the Amazon rainforest, so the oldest, Amelie, could become the first family member to attend the university.

The 17-year-old teenager has won a prestigious scholarship to study at Lima’s Universidad Científica del Sur, and the family has big dreams. They will rent toilets, help Amelie get started and Maria will collect money working in the restaurant.

But when Covid-19 hit Peru, the country stopped. More than 70 percent of people work in the informal economy, and when the country’s government begins to impose tight locks, Tambo witnesses job opportunities disappear.

After almost two months of quarantine, they have no more money to pay for rented rooms or food. Tambo decided to return to their village in the Ucayali region, 350 miles away.

With public transportation closed, the only option is to travel by foot. “I know the danger of putting my children in, but I have no choice,” he said. “I die trying to get out of here or starve to death in my room.”

Escape from the city

I met Tambo, 40, through the WhatsApp group where thousands of Peruvians talked about how they would leave Lima to return to their homes. “I haven’t left my house since the government announced quarantine,” he said. “But I don’t have money anymore.”

He agreed to let me follow him on a dangerous journey, to tell his story, not sure what the outcome would be.

Tambo and his daughter left Lima in early May. He wore a face mask and carried a baby Melec on his back along with a large multi-colored backpack sprinkled with a small heart. Seven-year-old Amelie and Yacira walked with great difficulty by their side, bringing their own packages. A pink bear hangs on Yacira’s backpack.

Maria Tambo, left, resting with her children, Melec, Amelie and Yacira.
Their family is not alone. Thousands of other Peruvians are on the road, desperate to escape from a pandemic and loss of income.

Their epic journey, along dusty highways, railroad tracks and dark rural roads, will take the people of Tambos through the high Andes before they reach the Amazon rainforest – a dangerous route for a woman traveling alone with three child.

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Walking in the heat, hour after hour, we watched them move on. Water and food are scarce, raw Tambo emotions. She cried when she sang softly to her baby Melec. “There is no way, you make your own way,” he murmured.

There were times of goodness and relief when they broke up the journey by riding a few rides along the road. A driver throws food at them as he passes. But most of the time, Tambo and his daughter walk.

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On the third day, as they fought in thin air near the Andes, 15,000 feet above sea level, we saw a truck driver feeling sorry for the family, giving them a ride to the next town and sharing their food. “I’ve walked so much,” he told the driver, trying to hold back tears of gratitude.

It was a short pause for their feet. “My daughter’s hand turned purple,” he said. “I don’t think he will succeed.”

Checkpoints along the road

The return journey involves more than endurance. Tambo must also navigate a police checkpoint set up to prevent residents of Lima, the country’s coronavirus center, from spreading the virus to rural areas.

Despite its difficult locking rules, Peru is already one of the most severe countries in the world from the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 230,000 cases diagnosed and more than 6,800 deaths to date. Experts believe the number could be higher, and the hospital system has been strained to deal with a pandemic.

In San Ramon, just before Tambo entered the forest, we watched a police officer interrogate him. “You can’t pass here with children,” the clerk said. Tambo negotiated with him. “I will only return to my farm, in Chaparnaranja, where I have been for a week.”

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It is a lie. He could not tell the clerk that he was from Lima, or he would not let him continue his journey.

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But the tired mother survived. He did what he had to do to survive, he told us. The virus is not as scary as dying from starvation.

After seven days and nights, and 300 miles of travel, Tambo and his children made it to their home province, Ucayali region, where the native Ashaninka also lived.

A final obstacle lies in their path – entry into the area is prohibited due to viruses.

“What will happen if an infected person enters? How do we escape?” one of the local Ashaninka leaders told us. “The only respirator we have is air. Our health center has nothing to fight the virus.”

But Tambo was determined. He negotiated with local leaders and was allowed to go home – on condition he and the children were exiled for 14 days.

They arrived at night, Tambo overwhelmed when the family dogs ran to greet them. He knelt and cried, thanking God for taking him home, when the animals wagged their tails and touched the baby on his arm.

When tears flowed, her husband, Cafeteria, and father-in-law emerged from the darkness.

There is joy but distance. Nobody can touch. Nobody can hug because of a virus.

“It’s very difficult, we suffer a lot,” he told them through his tears.

“I don’t want to go to Lima anymore. I think I’ll die there with my girls.”

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

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Details of the energy saving plan laid out by the government were released on Tuesday. The document, published in Diário da República, includes measures for the efficient use of water, public lighting and temperature limits in air conditioners.

For example, from December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023, Christmas lighting in Portugal should only be on from 18:00 to 24:00.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer

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According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .

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After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president

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The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.


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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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