In Bangkok, the working poor, almost without a safety net in the face of the crisis post-virus

A Bangkok, les travailleurs pauvres presque sans filet face à la crise post-virus

Bangkok | This is the hour of the meal for the family Noidee: a dish of noodles distributed by the food aid and shared in the single room of their small house on stilts, in the city center of Bangkok.

Like millions of Thailand, Thanapat and his wife Papassorn lived, before the crisis of the coronavirus, odd jobs, him as a moto-taxi, it as livreuse.

Since the near closure of the city there are more than 2 months, these young parents have seen their meagre incomes collapse and the debts accumulate.

“We had to borrow from my father and my grandfather to pay for electricity,” says Papassorn, who lost his job when all the shops non-essential have been ordered to close at the end of march.

“The school year will resume soon (July 1, editor’s NOTE) and I have to find the money to cover these costs too.”

In a slum in the shadow of luxury hotels and chic restaurants, the couple student Woraphat and Kittipat, two boys of 6 and 7 years, in a single piece where it is impossible for an adult to stand upright.

At the foot of the wooden house and cinder block, a water point serves as a shower and sink, in the middle of the rats that lurk around the dishes.

Thailand has long displayed an extremely low unemployment rate, a symbol of its economic success.

But millions of families like the Noidee live in the reality of jobs in the day, an activity today in front line of a major crisis that is expected to see the thai economy will shrink 6% to 7% this year.

This Sunday, the thai parliament is to vote on a plan of massive support of 60 billion dollars to restart the machine.

If it is approved, this public support would be the largest in the history of the kingdom.

Two months after the onset of the health emergency, the epidemic is under control in Thailand and Bangkok is returning little by little to life but tourism, crucial for the country, should not regain its usual level before long months.

Papassorn does not know when she will return to work, and her husband manages with difficulty to earn ten to fifteen dollars per day as a motorcycle taxi, against the thirty before.

At the height of the crisis, the family has been able to rely on a nearby church for food assistance, but the service just stop.

“Without the gifts of food, I’m going to have to beat me some more for my family to survive,” said Thanapat moving to his knees in the slot, bumping sometimes the head on the ceiling.

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