COVID-19 doesn’t just exist in the UK, Germany or the US, it also exists in refugee camps and war-torn areas. Aid organisations are pleading for help as the risk of a second wave spread through these areas reaches an all time high.
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COVID-19 brought the world’s health organisations to their knees as high demand for medical supplies and protective equipment rocketed. Health and care professionals risked their lives aiding those in need and performing daily duties in high contagion environments. Though the threat of a second or even third hard hitting wave lingers on the shoulders of many pandemic experts, little to zero news coverage has addressed the high level threat of COVID spreading through refugee camps around the globe.
Refugee camps in their most common form are overcrowded and lacking adequate hygiene resources to match the number of camp members. This makes social distancing impossible and virus contamination alarmingly common.
As far as we are aware, there are over 70 million refugees and asylum seekers around the globe, with camps in Greece and Italy. Many of the refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and Afghanistan travel along the 100 mile Western Balkans route through Greece and Hungary or Croatia with final destination points in Germany and Austria. This exhausting trip has already taken the lives of many refugees through sickness, train collisions, confrontation and starvation with many of the victims being children.
As refugee camps continue to battle the seemingly endless queue of refugees desperate to leave behind their war torn home or uninhabitable living standards, the strain on many health and aid organisations has increased with the affects of COVID also putting pressure on health organisations. These consequences have dried up much of Yemen’s aid with 1 out of 4 people dying from the virus, the highest death to contagion ratio in the world. Yemen and many counties like it are in desperate need of help at the best of times and COVID has unfortunately swept through these high priority areas quicker than initially expected. This is due to supplies and essential equipment being directed to different home-land areas in an attempt to battle the pandemic.
What’s happening now?
As reports of COVID outbreaks in war-torn countries and refugee camps become more common, questions have arisen surrounding the quality of camps and the standard of aid given to these high priority areas. This is mainly due to the possibility of a second wave spreading through camps and into cities as people find homes and lives to begin. For many health organisations and governments who barely made it through the first wave of the pandemic, a second wave could be fatal and globally catastrophic. This second wave would again pull the reins tighter on the supplies given to places in need, as prime health organisations and charities distribute their supplies to other sources.
It’s easy to forget that crisis also exists outside of our own homes when faced with a global pandemic and changing environments. However, we cannot ignore those who urgently need supplies, and we need to start giving high risk areas the publicity and support they desperately require in order to fully over come COVID-19.
Grief and death take many forms and affect many different people, with different living standards across the globe. Which is why we at Live On as a bereavement, loss and grief community are asking for donations to refugee camps during this difficult time.
As part of our values we do not discriminate against anyone regardless of situation, beliefs, birth place or any other reason and therefore our awareness and acknowledgment of the current situation in places like Yemen and refugee camps must be prevalent. We support anyone and everyone who needs help.
Visit our Helpful Websites page for links to helplines and other centres. There’s no shame in asking for help.