Living with poverty in Africa and England


Josephine Mudzingwa Siziba moved to North Shields in Tyneside as a refugee 13 years ago.

Although seen as rich by her family in Africa, she and her husband live on the Meadow Well estate, one of the most deprived in Britain.

They survive on the minimum wage and work in a number of jobs to support their daughter as well as their extended family.

Every month, she sends hundreds of pounds to help her family in Zimbabwe, who call her "Queen Makoti" because of her good deeds.

Josephine compares life for families living on the poverty line in England with the experiences of her own family in Africa.

Living with Poverty: The Queen of North Shields is broadcast on Wednesday, 22 May at 23:05 BST on BBC One North East & Cumbria and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

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