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· June, 2020

Stories about Disaster from June, 2020

Has COVID-19 provoked a crisis of faith in Georgia's Orthodox church?

As the Georgian Orthodox Church continued to hold prayers during lockdown, its critics hint at a new crisis of faith in church-state relations.

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

Local media and politicians have distorted reopening policies in neighbouring countries for political gain.

WHO urges Pakistan to reimpose lockdown after surge in cases

Pakistan has implemented new lockdown restrictions after a letter from the WHO urged the country to improve testing and control outbreak numbers.

People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda

In Uganda, the needs of marginalized people — especially those of persons with disabilities — were conspicuously absent in President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives.

Sri Lanka prepares for twice-delayed poll amid militarized COVID-19 response

"The government will not hesitate to arrest opposition activists and voters for violating this or that anti-virus rule while giving a free pass to its own supporters."

Fish prices spike as Cameroon’s mangroves face total depletion 

Cameroonians rely heavily on mangroves for fish and firewood, but exploiting its resources has pushed it to the brink. A spike in fish prices is largely blamed on mangrove depletion.

No medicine, no healing: Sudan’s pharmaceutical crisis

Since 2016, medicine prices in Sudan have risen exponentially. To make matters worse, the government’s central bank lacks the foreign currency necessary to import essential drugs from abroad.

Migrant workers face racism and rampant human rights violations across the Gulf

Migrant workers in the Gulf region are being subjected to a fierce campaign calling for their deportation that is riddled with racist speeches and hatred.

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

Part II: Roadblocks to health care for women during COVID-19 in East Africa

Under COVID-19 curfew in Kenya, transport providers have either been unable or unwilling to transport pregnant women in labor to health facilities for fear of harassment by security agencies.

COVID-19 is rapidly exhausting Bangladesh healthcare system amidst alarming rise of infected people

As Bangladesh tries to figure out which lockdown measure is the answer, public healthcare systems are failing largely, resulting in no signs of the COVID-19 contraction curve plateauing.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When diaries become citizen reports

"As time passes, diaries are like caterpillars transforming into butterflies."

Families struggle to retrieve victim's bodies after Pakistan International Airline crash

Families of the victims of PIA Flight PK8303 were asked to give DNA to identify bodies.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Collateral damage

I did not plan to write this diary for 77 days. Writing is a kind of conversation – with myself, and with others.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A day of arranged mourning

"Today is a sunny. I always look forward to a sunny day when it is cloudy. But the sunlight today feels so ironic."

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