The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Sudan current contribution to the Covid-19 response in Maban is one of accompaniment - visitation and knowledge-sharing - with the most vulnerable people in the host and refugee communities.
Louie Albert SJ of JRS South Asia shares his insights about the effect of Covid-19 on India's daily-wage earners, migrants and refugees.
While the official count of infected persons is just over 950 at the time of writing [March 29], the actual number of Covid-19 cases in India will be much higher in the densely populated cities, towns and villages of our population of 1.3 billion people.
"As I sit in my garden shed at 5am in the morning to start my workday with our overseas partners, I can’t help thinking how this pandemic has brought us closer in solidarity with each other. I'm now in my mid-forties, but I don’t remember any other point in time where a crisis – a complete change to our day-to-day lives – has affected both the Global North and the Global South simultaneously." Emer Kerrigan reflects on the unifying effect of Covid-19.
A news report sent to us by our colleagues in JRS South Asia exposes the hardship that refugees face in adhering to Coronavirus prevention guidelines.
"Fear grips the mind as one thinks of the situation of the Sri Lankan refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. Living in the 107 camps are more than 60,000 people who have been registered as refugees under the aegis of the Rehabilitation Department.
Michael J. Kelly SJ, who is based in Lusaka, Zambia reflects on how the Coronavirus pandemic, like the crises before it, will be transformed into bright hope.
"When I was growing up in Tullamore during the years of World War II, we faced many challenges. There was strict rationing of tea, sugar, clothing, footwear, petrol, fuel, and many other commodities. Chocolate, biscuits, sweets, oranges, bananas and many other small luxuries were not available.