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March, 2020

Stories from March, 2020

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

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

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

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

Digital activism, paintings, and a national strike—how Mexican women protest gender-based violence

The staggering levels of violence against women are front and center in Mexico's feminist movements.

Maldives: Can a country so dependent on tourism afford a lockdown?

The President of Maldives banned all tourist arrivals in the country from March 27, 2020. This will impact the country's economy due to a serious shortfall in foreign currency earnings.

Across Africa, COVID-19 heightens tension between faith and science

While many African governments have taken stringent measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, not all leaders agree with banning faith-based gatherings. 

Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown

"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our...

The Mexican engraver reviving the magical imagery of Chiapas

Mexico has a prolific tradition of printmaking, its defining visual characteristics having endured from pre-Hispanic times into modernity

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Calculating the hidden costs of breakaway borders in Georgia

The boundaries between breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Georgian government controlled territory are hardening. For locals on both sides of the divide, that brings huge social and economic costs.

Azerbaijan signals a lockdown and a crackdown in fight against coronavirus

Attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Azerbaijan's president has closed the country's borders, emptied its streets, cancelled large public gatherings, and given a fiery speech against the opposition.

Croatia's earthquake risk disrupting partial lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak

The quake left 27 people injured and caused extensive material damage to Zagreb.

Classified data shows that China's official figure of zero domestic COVID-19 cases excludes asymptomatic carriers

According to classified data seen by the South China Morning Post, asymptomatic COVID-19/coronavirus carriers who tested positive have not been included in the official count of confirmed cases in China.

Thai workers speak out about their need for unions and better conditions at the workplace

"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."

Combating ‘fake news’ in the time of COVID-19 in Myanmar

"Thousands of social media users made a group and a network to serve as watchdogs for fake news on social media."

As Ebola outbreak ends, coronavirus begins in DR Congo

While DR Congo has proclaimed the end of Ebola, it now faces its first cases of COVID-19. Will lessons learned from Ebola help combat the novel coronavirus?

India stays home for 14 hours in the fight against COVID-19

Millions of Indians confined themselves to their homes between 7 am and 9 pm on March 22, 2020, in response to a government-imposed curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘…not only a city being locked down, but also our voices’

In these Wuhan diaries, the lives of ordinary people living under top-down control and surveillance, show how people are atomized and reduced into a collective.

‘The bars will spill over to songs of you': A Caribbean farewell to Kenny Rogers

"Depend on it, Kenny Rogers, when coronavirus leaves the long gambling-table of life, having taken too many of us with it, the bars will spill over to songs of you."

Quarantine woes in Bangladesh amid coronavirus fears

The government has ordered Bangladeshis who are returning from affected COVID-19 countries to home-quarantine. But a lack of monitoring has led to concerns that the disease may spread rapidly.

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