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How do you practice safe social distancing when there’s little room between houses? How do you wash your hands regularly when there’s no running water? These are questions faced by millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people (IDPs) all over the world as COVID-19 continues to challenge nearly every part of our daily lives.

Muna, who lives in Al Sha’ab camp in Aden, Yemen is one of the many IDPs in Yemen who have to confront the threats and challenges posed by COVID-19 while displaced from their homes. Originally from Taiz, Muna and her family fled to Aden, after the fighting in Taiz grew too dangerous for them to stay.

Currently Muna’s school in the camp is closed but Muna is working to build a new daily routine for herself – in spite of COVID-19 and the added threat of spring floods.

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Muna and her friend Rahaf collect water at the camp's UNICEF-supplied water point. [© UNICEF/UNI324049]
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Muna helps her mother with the cooking. To protect against COVID-19, Muna washes all the vegetables before cooking them. [© UNICEF/UNI324053]
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Muna eats dinner with her mother and younger siblings at their one-room hut in Al Sha’ab camp. [© UNICEF/UNI324051]
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Before playing together, Muna and her friends wash their hands, to ensure they aren’t spreading germs to the toys or each other. [© UNICEF/UNI324046]
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With schools closed for the foreseeable future, Muna, her siblings and their friends play with Legos and building blocks to help pass the time. [© UNICEF/UNI324048]
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