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March, 2020

Stories from March, 2020

30 March 2020

Moldova's meme heroes promote solidarity with Eurosong spoof amid COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19

Titled "Mom, stay home," the spoof encourages citizens to follow the prevention recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) while also sending positive energy to the elderly.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: When humans are turned into objects

"It is all about control. We need to deprive their power... and turned them into objects."

Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak

"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."

COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects digital rights in the Balkans

Advox

Digital rights NGOs warn about increase of cases of violation of privacy of people under quarantine, spread of disinformation and internet scams in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended

Advox

In early February, he was kidnapped for 24 hours, before he was freed by the police. A self-proclaimed prophet named Joe Williams is suspected of ordering the kidnapping.

29 March 2020

Kenyan star runner Eliud Kipchoge says 2020 Olympics postponement is ‘shocking but noble’

COVID-19

Olympic superstar Eliud Kipchoge was looking forward to competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But the postponement makes sense to him. "We live in a world of uncertainties," he...

Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

The Bridge

“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."

28 March 2020

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

COVID-19

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

Papua New Guinea nurses strike over lack of protection against COVID-19

COVID-19

"Staff safety is paramount and those in authority must put themselves into our shoes and understand exactly why we are doing this."

Hundreds of Croatians left homeless by earthquake amid COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19

The quake hit shortly after the city had implemented restriction measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, bringing additional stress to Croatians.

27 March 2020

Musicians in East Africa rush to produce ‘corona’ songs — even as the industry falters

COVID-19

As COVID-19 sweeps through Africa, musicians have taken a hit with canceled concerts, festivals, tours and interrupted studio time. Yet, they have risen to the challenge by composing catchy tunes.

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Algeria's crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

Advox

More than a year since the start of Algeria's countrywide protests to demand political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists.

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online

COVID-19

The archbishop was shot by a death squad at the start of El Salvador's civil war, becoming an iconic figure in the struggle against human rights violations in Latin America.

26 March 2020

Kosovo government first to fall in worldwide coronavirus crisis

COVID-19

Recent emergency measures against COVID-19 exposed tensions in the fragile ruling coalition, culminating in its demise.

No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

As usual, much is unclear in eastern Ukraine. Can separatist officials' claims that there are no confirmed cases be believed? Have they really acquired coronavirus testing kits, and from whom?

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

COVID-19

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Looking for human connection in isolation

COVID-19

Global Voices will publish Ai and Guo's diaries from Wuhan in a series. The following words were written in the second week of the lockdown between January 29-February 4, 2020.

Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes

COVID-19

Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.

Outrage after Indonesian politicians among first in line to get tested for COVID-19

COVID-19

"A lot of people are angry with parliamentarians as even doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers - the people on the front lines - are not being tested."

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