The world has seldom faced such unpredicted challenges: the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic is threatening global health, complicating geopolitics and worsening living conditions in refugee camps. This week’s Development press review highlights its impacts in different parts of the world.
“Herd immunity”: you must have heard this expression to explain Boris Johnson’s strategy facing the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K. But was it really what the government meant? According to The Atlantic, the national plan is a little more complicated than that.
“ The U.K.’s Coronavirus ‘Herd Immunity’ Debacle ” , The Atlantic, March 16, 2020
In Afghanistan, Iran’s disregard of the Afghan government’s plea to restrict border crossings led to a Covid-19 outbreak. In a country weakened by the war, the pandemic is particularly dangerous for the Afghan people and may thwart any prospects of peace.
“ In Afghanistan, Coronavirus Complicates War and Peace ” , The New York Times, March 16, 2020
The 20,000 people currently living in and around Moria refugee camp in Greece in most dire conditions recently suffered a wave of anti-migrant violence. As new coronavirus outbreaks are detected in the camp, the overcrowded population grows fearful.
“ Lesbos coronavirus case sparks fears for refugee camp ” , The Guardian, March 11, 2020
Madeline Diamond is the founder of two Australian environmental organizations. For her, the climate crisis is intimately linked to social justice for all minorities: women, ethnic minorities, the disabled and the poor. Fixing it means questioning the unequal patriarchal society we live in.
“ Young women are the voices of climate justice ” , Canberra Times, March 8, 2020
“Humanity needs to prepare for changes far sooner than expected”, says Dr Simon Willcock, joint lead author of an environmental study recently published in Nature Communications. Large ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest are collapsing at a much quicker rate than anticipated.
“ Climate crisis: Amazon rainforest could ‘collapse’ in 50 years, scientists warn ” , The Independent, March 10, 2020
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