In pictures: Poverty-stricken residents queue for food in Geneva

In pictures: Poverty-stricken residents queue for food in Geneva
A man rests on a bench beside a queue of people waiting for free food in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Despite being in one of the richest cities in one of the wealthiest countries on earth, the impact of the coronavirus has hit some residents of Geneva particularly hard.

Each Saturday, thousands of people queue for free food which is handed out by a team of 300 volunteers. 

The food is provided by a coalition of charities and NGOs, including Medecins Sans Frontieres and Caravane de Solidarite. 

A representative from Caravane de Solidarite told AFP earlier in May that more and more people are showing up week after week. 

READ: Coronavirus crisis lays bare poverty in Geneva as thousands queue for food 

Nicknamed as the city’s ‘invisible poor’ by Swiss media, those queuing range from locally-born Swiss to documented and undocumented immigrants from a diverse variety of nations including Eritrea, Kurdistan, Morocco and the Philippines. 

According to volunteers, the numbers of those seeking assistance have grown every week. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A queue of people waiting for food in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

People queuing for food in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

 

A man and his dog wear masks while queuing for food in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

According to on-site volunteers, many of those queuing were families. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Tens of thousands of bags of groceries have been given away since the program started. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

In addition to food, other essentials such as hand sanitiser have been given out. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A child plays next to the queue. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP


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