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Women in Ecuador sending emoji coded pleas for help as domestic violence 'skyrockets' in lockdown

As well as emojis, women have been trying to get the message out by asking for different coloured government food aid boxes, as seen here in Quito, Ecuador CREDIT: Dolores Ochoa/AP
Photo Credit: Dolores Ochoa/AP

Women facing ‘skyrocketing’ rates of domestic violence and abuse during the coronavirus lockdown in Ecuador have turned to smuggled messages using emojis, food aid baskets and candles to ask for help.

In one province, a telephone number set up to receive coded emoji messages from women facing violence has received four messages containing a sun – meaning ‘I am in immediate danger’ – four times a day, every day, in the last few months.

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