HS Graduate Tries Luck in Manila, Ends Up Living in the Streets Amid COVID Crisis

A high school graduate who tried his luck in Manila ends up living in the streets after losing his job amid the COVID-19 crisis. What’s worse, he can’t even go back to his hometown in Cotabato, southern Philippines due to the travel restrictions.

It was back in February when Ebrahim traveled to Manila to try his luck. Though he first wanted to continue with his studies in college, he was lured by the thought of the big city and how there were so many people who found success there.

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With Php10,000 as pocket money, Ebrahim began his life in Manila. But the dream turned into a nightmare as the COVID-19 crisis went full blast in his first few weeks of living in Manila – he lost his job and the place he was staying in.

Having no money, no job, and no home after Manila imposed a lockdown, Ebrahim could not believe that his plans had gone far worse than he expected. This was certainly not the life he wished to have in Manila.

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In hopes of finding shelter and becoming safe from the virus, Ebrahim tried his luck in entering an isolation facility run by the government close to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. But the facility was already filled to capacity – and there were so many others who were also waiting outside, just like him.

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Thus, Ebrahim was forced to live in the streets. He is among the 50+ people living outside the cemetery, still hoping they would be accepted at the isolation facility so that they could at least have a roof over their heads and some food to fill their empty stomachs.

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Right now, Ebrahim can’t even go back home due to the travel restrictions imposed by the government to stop the rapid spread of the virus. It’s so sad that his dream has turned into a nightmare, but many are hoping he could go back home to his family soon…