Egyptian clown Ahmed Naser, prepares for making an leisure efficiency to braveness kids to placed on face masks as a safety measure amid issues in regards to the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Darb Al-Ban district at Islamic Cairo, Egypt April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
CAIRO (Reuters) – Sporting white face paint, stripy high and vibrant pink spectacle frames, Ahmed Naser stands in a avenue in Cairo distributing face masks and well being recommendation to passing kids.
The 22-year-old engineering scholar has been entertaining kids together with his mime act for years, however coronavirus restrictions have shut down common performances.
So he has been heading out onto the road corners, the place kids have been gathering for the reason that pandemic shut their colleges.
“I went out as we speak to make the youngsters conscious of the hazard of the coronavirus,” he mentioned within the capital’s al-Qalaa neighbourhood.
He wears his outfit to get folks gathering round. However the efficiency stops there. As an alternative of miming and clowning, he speaks clearly, telling his younger viewers in regards to the significance of washing their palms.
Earlier this month, he was out speaking to kids enjoying soccer within the streets round Bab al-Futuh, close to Cairo’s previous metropolis partitions.
“The purpose was to succeed in kids with out Fb accounts or entry to the right info,” Naser mentioned.
Egypt has reported 2,505 coronavirus instances and 183 deaths, as of late Wednesday.
The Arab world’s most populous nation has enforced a nightly curfew, banned massive public gatherings and closed colleges and universities.
Reporting by Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, writing by Mahmoud Mourad, enhancing by Aidan Lewis and Andrew Heavens