Corona and World Wide Solidarity
I am sorry the Corona Pandemic exists and I pray every day that it may be over soon. My thoughts are with the afflicted and the helpers. May you come out of this safely, may you be well. Every death is one too many.
What is heart warming to see are the Pandemic surmounting efforts of many people, including politicians. It is good to hear that the USA has devised a 2 Billion Dollar Aid package, hopefully not only for the rich and for corporations, but for the human beings and their families struggling for their daily existence during these times of the unfortunate Pandemic. Germany has decided on a 156 Billion Aid Package and Switzerland 42 Billion Aid packet for its citizens. It is good to see large scale and small scale down to neighborhood and door to door solidarity.
Disturbing however is, how the Coronavirus Pandemic has blown other areas of human suffering off of our radar. Moravia, Lesbos, the refugees at the Greek Turkish boarders, the Yemen Starvation Crisis, just to name a few collective plights and including the individual hardships of women’s rights activists in Iranian and Saudi Arabian prisons as well as the unjust incarceration of Julian Assange.
When we see how quickly the rich and democratic countries can muster up tools and avenues and resources for help it is shocking to see the neglect of non-corona-virus hotspots and it shows just how quickly help could reach such areas and human beings if the humanitarian and political will would win over apathy.
How much of this money would be needed to keep the Yemenees from starving, to allow refugees humane living conditions with dignity and in safety. I always knew one large concerted effort could end a food crisis for millions of human beings. And here we go, an unintended proof that this would be possible.
Let us not forget the hungry, the refugees, the mothers, fathers, children and countless individuals fighting authoritarian repression world-wide. Please open your horizon, go deep with in yourself and help in the corona circle as well as ‘outside’ of it. We are all in this together, please do not allow the fork between rich and poor to open even more than it already is. It is bad enough already. One such concerted effort and the starvation in Yemen would come to an end immediately. It is possible, here is the proof, the Corona Crisis has offered inadvertently.
Be well, be safe. Thank you to all helpers in time of crisis. Please do not forget 'others' in plight. Keep your minds and hearts open.
Gabrielle von Bernstorff-Nahat / Switzerland