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Catherine Joseph sits next to her daughter, Bernadetta Joseph following the floods that hit Kalima Village

Catherine Joseph sits next to her daughter, Bernadetta Joseph following the floods that hit Kalim...Richard Nyoni / Christian Aid

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Act now to help cancel the debt.

Millions of our global neighbours are born into debt they did not create: help them reclaim their futures. Debt kills. Unjust debt repayments to rich countries and institutions are robbing countries like Sierra Leone of the precious funds needed to build health systems.

A fifth of the country’s health workers died in the Ebola outbreak of 2014, leaving the population especially vulnerable to the current pandemic – they now have just 0.3 doctors per 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone spends £1.6 billion pounds a year on debt repayments – that’s 19% of its GDP.

This is just one of the ways debt traps people in a poverty they didn’t create, yet must fight daily.

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Poorer countries urgently need to be able to respond to the current pandemic, strengthen their health systems and rebuild greener economies.

Your donation will help us urge world leaders to cancel unjust debt. It will also help our local partners to empower vulnerable communities against the threat of coronavirus, for example through hand washing facilities and health awareness.

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Tadiwanashe’s story

When Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe, Tadiwanashe’s home was swept away. Fortunately, the young mother escaped by carrying her twin babies through the floods to higher ground. It was a terrifying experience: 'We noticed that some houses around us were collapsing. That’s when I started to get really scared. I’ve never seen so much water before.'

Tadiwanashe lost everything she owned in the cyclone. But because Zimbabwe is crippled by debt repayments to richer nations, organisations and banks, there is little left to help people like her to defend themselves – or recover – from the impacts of this climate crisis.

We urgently need to cancel this unjust debt before it steals more lives.

Tadiwanashe holds her twins in Chimanimani Zimbabwe

Tadiwanashe holds her twins in Chimanimani Zimbabwe - KB Mpofu / Christian Aid

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