“I have covered war. I have covered violence throughout my career
But I have never heard of anything like that happening to human beings.”
Incredible reporting by award-winning @MIJamjoom and the @AJEnglish team on the #Rohingya crisis. https://t.co/Hv2pV9gmDO
Dire living conditions, poverty, malnutrition, documentation issues, threats from armed groups, lack of access to health care - as Coronavirus spreads through Latin America, many displaced indigenous communities are now dangerously exposed and at risk.
Extortion, drug trafficking, sexual violence, forced disappearances, murders. In the north of Central America criminal groups are using COVID-related lockdowns to strengthen control over communities, threatening them and those displaced. The latest: https://t.co/Bb5aKIwp47
“I wanted to look after my community. This is where my ill neighbors are. I don’t have a duty because seeking asylum and my refugee status is my right enshrined in international law... but I wanted to contribute by cleaning my hospital”.
? This interview with @hassan_akkad ? https://t.co/4RGbgVfUOM
For refugees who've overcome trauma and experienced violence or persecution first-hand, their capacities to cope are now being stretched to the limit. Support is vital to ensure the continuity of mental health services and these must form part of national responses to COVID-19.
#COVID is not just a physical health crisis, it's now triggering a mental health crisis among refugees grappling with confinement, isolation, discrimination + poverty.
With 84% of refugees hosted in developing regions, access to quality care is limited.
UNHCR+ agencies call for urgent support for Venezuelan refugees and migrants as COVID-19 inflicts hardship. Lost livelihoods, hunger, poverty, evictions, stigmatization and xenophobia - many struggling to survive. Humanitarian response plan only 4% funded
Health services, including coronavirus testing and treatment must be accessible to all, regardless of citizenship or legal resident status.
UNHCR guidance on policy and good practice available here: https://t.co/o7r0MAcVl3
What's it like to be stateless in the middle of a global pandemic?
For those without a nationality and who don't exist on paper, it means a lack of legal rights and access to basic services incl. health care.
It's the difference between life and death