COVID-19 and cultural rites

“In a Kenya coping with COVID-19 restrictions, circumcision season presents an impossible choice between tradition and civil obedience.”

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Algeria: Preparing for the long struggle ahead

“Due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, the Hirak movement decided to halt its weekly protests and marches in mid-March. But the amazing energy and dynamic created by this magnificent revolution has not disappeared. It metamorphosed into health campaigns and solidarity actions with the needy and most vulnerable in society.”

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Not waiting for a savior

“The picture of how successfully Africa has combated COVID-19 to date may be up for discussion, but the innovation and ingenuity demonstrated in the continent’s response to the pandemic deserves to be reflected in writing on the global response.”

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Johannesburg cannot police its future

“South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarized urban policing and how we imagine the post-COVID-19 city.”

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Eritrea’s deteriorating state

“Although the pandemic’s consequences had been fatal across the world, in extremely impoverished countries like Eritrea where the essential food items are rationed in stores run by the ruling party, the magnitude of the lockdown is immense. Eritrea’s elites who hold absolute power have already frozen the state in time for more than two decades.”

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Missing datasets

“Data on morbidity and mortality from non-COVID-19 causes but due to COVID lockdowns is largely missing. Data on the number of women who faced domestic abuse, and children who were sexually abused, is missing. Data on the response by governments to these women and children is, of course, also missing.”

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Fighting the pandemic in the global South

“Global South countries now occupy six spots in the top ten of the world most affected countries by the coronavirus: namely Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and India. And things are about to get worse.”

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Although it’s dangerous, we need to survive

“Burundian refugees in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda are enacting grassroots responses to COVID-19.”

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Khartoum’s lockdown

“Broadly, the stakes of the lockdown for the civilian population ranged from being a plausible measure to contain the pandemic, a temporary relief with the weakening demand on petrol fuels amounting to almost $200 million per month of subsidies, but also a threat due to the rising discontent amongst the daily earners.”

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What washerwomen would say on a webinar

“Since the pandemic lockdown, many live-in domestic workers and washerwomen in search of daily contracts in Nairobi have seen their work opportunities shrink. What’s more, not only are they not privy to any worker protection, but in the sites where they gather to be picked for hard to come by employment, they are now harassed by a police force sinisterly enforcing distancing measures.”

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