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Visually impaired Nigerians struggle to navigate coronavirus challenges

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Lawal Adebimpe knows she must remain a safe distance from people to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria. But her blindness means she usually holds people to navigate her way around the heaving megacity of Lagos.

Adebimpe, a baker who lives with her parents, lost her sight in 2018 after suffering retina detachment in a car accident. She said the need to remain 2 metres away from others hit her “like a bomb”.

“I have to depend on people to go out. I have to cross the road, I have to walk around, get a bus,” said the 31-year-old.

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