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· April, 2020

Stories about Disaster from April, 2020

30 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Chinese netizens’ tribute to whistleblower Dr. Ai Fen

COVID-19

There are still people who are brave enough to speak up, and we value these people and try our best to spread their messages.

27 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A fake performance

COVID-19

They yelled out from their windows “fake, fake, it is all formalist performance”. This is not the first time the people in Wuhan express their resentment.

Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

The Izoizolyatsiya photo challenge has become a national obsession. To the RuNet's delight, thousands of Russians are recreating famous artworks using ordinary household items — in hilarious and often bizarre...

25 April 2020

Out of 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the Balkans, more than a third are in Serbia

COVID-19

In Serbia, the government first ignored COVID-19 and even made fun of it.

Zanzibar relies on strong communities of care to confront COVID-19

COVID-19

Zanzibar thrives on unity. A wave of community-based health initiatives has ramped up their presence on the islands to raise awareness and educate islanders about the highly contagious coronavirus.

24 April 2020

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

COVID-19

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.

Prosecutions mount as Russia intensifies fight against COVID-19 ‘fake news’

RuNet EchoAdvoxCOVID-19

Russia has made sharing "fake news" a criminal offence. Rights activists fear that charges will be brought against anybody questioning the state's account of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Feelings of insecurity

COVID-19

I want to go to the park to take a stroll after the lockdown is lifted...

23 April 2020

A high-profile funeral highlights a double standard in Nigeria under lockdown

COVID-19

In Nigeria, a high-profile burial amid COVID-19 lockdown orders highlights a double standard when it comes to state guidelines on best practices to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease.

COVID-19 exposes gaps in services for Azerbaijan’s elderly

COVID-19

Azerbaijanis over 65 are not permitted to leave their homes. Therefore many cannot receive their pensions, buy badly needed medication, or access social support.

21 April 2020

Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

Despite a message and movement solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia, President George Weah still faces critique over a tanking economy and restricted media.

20 April 2020

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

People across Russia are logging onto a popular satnav to launch virtual protests. Within hours, the Yandex.Navigator app was showing empty squares and streets of cities in lockdown as "congested"

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Volunteers collect help messages during the pandemic

COVID-19

Domestic violence is emerging in the pandemic and volunteers are keeping records of their stories.

19 April 2020

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

COVID-19

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

18 April 2020

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

COVID-19

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

17 April 2020

Indigenous people in Australia prepare for COVID-19

COVID-19

With more than 150,000 of Australia's indigenous people living in remote areas and often facing major health issues, special emphasis is being put on protecting this vulnerable population against COVID-19.

14 April 2020

Sierra Leone lifts 10-year ban on pregnant girls attending school

Sierra Leone finally lifts a discriminatory policy that barred pregnant girls from attending school in a new bid to form a more inclusive nation and address injustices against young women.

13 April 2020

Africans in China targeted by xenophobia amid fear of second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19

China has seen a surge in the number of imported COVID-19 cases and the African community has become an easy target for "virus control" and xenophobic sentiments.

12 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Waiting for the lifting of the lockdown

COVID-19

"There are more than 30,000 confirmed cases in Wuhan, and we will wait for a long time before the lockdown is lifted."

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