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· April, 2020

Stories about Citizen Media from April, 2020

Women conquer space in Bolivia's Carnival of Oruro

Long excluded from the festival, woman and non-binary people have now claimed their place.

In Mexico, relief program ‘insufficient’ to keep 30 million informal workers at home

"If I don't sell, I don't eat. It's that simple."

Trinidadian Tony Hall, visionary of ‘play and performance’, leaves behind a precious legacy

In a career that spanned five decades — in his words, “play and performance in space, street, stage and screen” — nothing Hall ever worked on was short of original...

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

Mass animal sacrifice in the name of God stubbornly continues in Nepal

Despite the global outcry against animal sacrifice in Nepal, the tradition persists.

A selection of Latin American and Caribbean ‘coronavirus songs’

The songs' mood range from solemn to humorous.

Pre-Hispanic inspiration, struggle, and satire: The art of Mexico's Manuel Ruelas

"In Mexico, the ultimate misfortune is death. That is why this is a recurring concept in my work."

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Is this pandemic a health crisis or a war?

War-like rhetoric around COVID-19 has allowed governments in the Middle East and North Africa to execute emergency powers and impose draconian measures that would otherwise be unacceptable.

Jamaican activists spent Earth Day at home, online

Jamaican netizens explored the connections between COVID-19 and climate change and the response has been so strong that Earth Day has turned into Earth Week.

In Colombia, solidarity movements multiply during the COVID-19 pandemic

Almost half of Colombia's population depend on informal work.

COVID-19 creates more uncertainty for migrant workers in India

The spread of COVID-19 in India leads to economic and geographical displacement of migrant workers.

Trinidad & Tobago photographers commemorate Earth Day 2020 with online challenge

"We're trying to keep the topics upbeat in order to keep people focused, and steer everyone's mental state in a positive direction while practising social distancing."

COVID-19 is also affecting Venezuela's indigenous migrants

Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia have been closed since mid-March,  the use of illegal paths and crossings has increased, with its related dangers.

Nepali cartoonists illustrate the country’s COVID-19 crisis

Nepali cartoonists use satire and comedy to depict the country under lockdown.

For Nepal's migrant and daily wage workers, lockdown is more dangerous than the coronavirus

Domestic daily wage labourers and migrant workers are among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Nepal.

Bangladesh's frontline health workers contend with resource scarcity, stigma and restrictions

In Bangladesh frontline health worker workers are facing an unprecedented level of hardship, and also some criticism.

Life in the time of COVID-19: A Caribbean perspective on isolation

From a COVID-19 survivor to a teenager with autism, here's how some Caribbean netizens are coping with self-isolation.

Caribbean netizens take to ‘extempo’ music to spread COVID-19 safety messages

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people from all over the region and throughout the diaspora are trying their lyrical prowess in a COVID-19 extempo challenge.

COVID-19 exacerbates inequalities in Trinidad & Tobago's education system

"The [Ministry of Education] was utterly tone-deaf and did not effectively address my concerns."

Even with a law, São Paulo's municipalities are not fulfilling citizens’ right of access to information

Using Brazil's Law on Access to Information, Agência Mural asked 39 municipalities about their current objectives: Many ignored the requests, and the majority which replied did not send clear data.

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