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Stories about Humanitarian Response

15 May 2020

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

11 May 2020

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

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"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

COVID-19 regulations and the issue of overcrowding in Jamaica's markets

COVID-19

The detection of more than 100 positive coronavirus cases at a call centre seriously spiked Jamaica's numbers and prompted stricter safety regulations — but have some backfired?

The nightmare in Syria continues amid new coronavirus fears

COVID-19

The gathering of displaced persons in Idlib, Syria, has sparked international concern that this community — living under the harshest conditions — could be deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

9 May 2020

Thailand's homeless particularly at risk amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

"Since I didn’t have enough money to go home, I decided to become a homeless person and stay here."

4 May 2020

Mozambique gets creative with handmade anti-virus gear

COVID-19

The government has advised people to make homemade masks using capulanas – a traditional Mozambican cloth generally worn by women – and other readily available materials.

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

COVID-19

East Africa's "triple threat" — the coronavirus, locusts, and floods — are not mutually exclusive. In fact, each is inextricably linked.

1 May 2020

Pandemic pushes more than 34,000 Venezuelan migrants home

COVID-19

Around 500 migrants are arriving at the Colombian border city of Cúcuta every day intending to return to Venezuela. As of April 15, a total of 34,000 people had passed...

29 April 2020

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

COVID-19

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

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.

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.

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

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

22 April 2020

COVID-19 is also affecting Venezuela's indigenous migrants

COVID-19

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.

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

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. 

19 April 2020

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

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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.

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.

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