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· May, 2020

Stories about Caribbean from May, 2020

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

‘Born Ya': Speaking with Jamaican fine artist Judy Ann MacMillan about her new autobiography

"Fine art itself is under intense challenge in Jamaica, as it is elsewhere. The tenets [...] are in conflict with social improvement, political messages and democratic ideas."

Addressing ‘gaps in history’ through bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"Returning to the land today can feed us, contributing to food sovereignty and the wellness sector by expanding our knowledge and use of wild botanicals and their healing properties..."

The healing effects of bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"I have been concerned with how shared historical suffering reveals itself communally and how individuals and nations manage trauma and the desire for self-fulfilment in small places like Barbados..."

‘If a dirt, a dirt': COVID-19 and the reopening of the Jamaican economy

"Once things have “opened up” it will be back to normal. I don’t believe it will be a “new normal” – just normal."

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: ‘Looking out, not going out’

Though regional citizens are still laying low as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been recording their thoughts in various ways, while in relative isolation.

Bocas Lit Fest crowdsources ‘100 Caribbean books that made us’

The regional literature festival says the initiative “isn’t a competition, but a chance to curate the stories that hold pride of place" on readers' bookshelves and in their hearts.

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

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?

COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago education's digital divide

"What we do not want is a situation where the exclusion of students is a threat greater than COVID-19 to our education."

How can the Caribbean prepare for a post-COVID-19 world?

As the Caribbean begins to think about a post-COVID-19 future, Lesley Ann Noel proposes a design thinking approach to building back the region's economies and social services.

Trinidad & Tobago ranks second on a COVID-19 ‘lockdown rollback checklist,’ but caution remains

"While the OxCGRT data cannot fully say how ready countries are to leave lockdown, it does provide for a rough comparison across nations."

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