For now, the elderly living alone in Azerbaijan are trying to get by the best they can.
Mavsukha Nasirova, 81, says she has not received any assistance yet, but with the help of her neighbors, she is trying to survive.
“My young son died... I have been alone since then. I called the ministry once. They said, ‘if you can pay, we will go to the store and buy things,’” she says.
“I said, ‘if I have money, I would ask my neighbor, he would buy it,’” notes Mavsukha, a resident of Baku.
Mavsukha suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes so her biggest problem is that, due to the quarantine, she cannot visit her local clinic to receive free medication. To cope, she finally decided to ask a neighbor to go to the clinic to get her free medicine for her.
"I need medicine; the rest is up to whoever gives it. When there was no quarantine, I went to the clinic, where my injections were done free of charge,” notes Mavsukha
“But ordering medicine at home costs money. I receive a pension of 230 manats [124 Euro]...But I have not died of starvation yet, and probably I will not die.”