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Residents desperate for a planned distribution of food for those suffering under Kenya's coronavirus-related movement restrictions push through a gate and create a stampede, causing police to fire tear gas. Photo: Khalil Senosi/AP Photo

Residents desperate for a planned distribution of food for those suffering under Kenya's coronavirus-related movement restrictions push through a gate and create a stampede, causing police to fire tear gas. Photo: Khalil Senosi/AP Photo

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Residents desperate for a planned distribution of food for those suffering under Kenya's coronavirus-related movement restrictions push through a gate and create a stampede, causing police to fire tear gas. Photo: Khalil Senosi/AP Photo

Thousands of people surged for food aid in a brief stampede yesterday in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, desperate for help as coronavirus restrictions keep them from making a living.

Police fired tear gas and injured several people, witnesses said.

Residents of Nairobi's Kibera slum, spotting a food distribution, tried to force their way through a gate for their chance at supplies to keep their families fed.

The scene in Kenya's largest slum reflected the fears of millions across Africa as nearly 20 countries have imposed full lockdowns, shut down cities or imposed curfews.

A vast population of informal workers, with few savings, worries about food as no one knows when the measures will end. Rwanda and South Africa have already extended lockdowns by two weeks.

In the Nairobi chaos, men with sticks beat people back as they fought over packages of food. Some people fell and were trampled.

Irish Independent