Stories about LANGUAGES from March, 2020
An Angolan isolation centre for those repatriated lacks screening, space, and even toilet paper
"We were crowded and there was nobody to give us information or establish any control procedures. They only measured our temperature on arrival, nothing more."
Great Barrier Reef mass bleaching threatens world heritage icon
"...there is also the most widespread bleaching event in the Great Barrier Reef. Put a fork in us. We're done."
Moldova's meme heroes promote solidarity with Eurosong spoof amid COVID-19 crisis
Titled "Mom, stay home," the spoof encourages citizens to follow the prevention recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) while also sending positive energy to the elderly.
COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When humans are turned into objects
"It is all about control. We need to deprive their power... and turned them into objects."
Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak
"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."
COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans
Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended
In early February, he was kidnapped for 24 hours, before he was freed by the police. A self-proclaimed prophet named Joe Williams is suspected of ordering the kidnapping.
Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization
“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."
Papua New Guinea nurses strike over lack of protection against COVID-19
"Staff safety is paramount and those in authority must put themselves into our shoes and understand exactly why we are doing this."
Hundreds of Croatians left homeless by earthquake amid COVID-19 crisis
The quake hit shortly after the city had implemented restriction measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, bringing additional stress to Croatians.
Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online
The archbishop was shot by a death squad at the start of El Salvador's civil war, becoming an iconic figure in the struggle against human rights violations in Latin America.
Kosovo government first to fall in worldwide coronavirus crisis
Recent emergency measures against COVID-19 exposed tensions in the fragile ruling coalition, culminating in its demise.
COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Looking for human connection in isolation
Global Voices will publish Ai and Guo's diaries from Wuhan in a series. The following words were written in the second week of the lockdown between January 29-February 4, 2020.
Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes
Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.
Outrage after Indonesian politicians among first in line to get tested for COVID-19
"A lot of people are angry with parliamentarians as even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers - the people on the front lines - are not being tested."
Digital activism, paintings, and a national strike—how Mexican women protest gender-based violence
The staggering levels of violence against women are front and center in Mexico's feminist movements.
Maldives: Can a country so dependent on tourism afford a lockdown?
The President of Maldives banned all tourist arrivals in the country from March 27, 2020. This will impact the country's economy due to a serious shortfall in foreign currency earnings.
Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown
"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our land."
The Mexican engraver reviving the magical imagery of Chiapas
Mexico has a prolific tradition of printmaking, its defining visual characteristics having endured from pre-Hispanic times into modernity
Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?
''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use after the pandemic subsides.''
Croatia's earthquake risk disrupting partial lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak
The quake left 27 people injured and caused extensive material damage to Zagreb.