A global pandemic. Global. Worldwide. An event that has reached, directly or indirectly, the vast majority of the world and forced unprecedented change and challenges upon a great number of people. The devastating impact of the virus has had wide-reaching ripple effects that emanate throughout our homes, our communities, and across the globe. In no circumstance is this virus merciful, nor does it discriminate in its victims, however, there are individuals and communities that are less well equipped to fight back or to try to keep safe at this time. One of these vulnerable communities includes individuals living in refugee camps; many of these individuals have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, natural disasters or other difficult circumstances. In an environment whereby so many reside in such close proximity, with very little access to basic healthcare, remaining safe amongst a pandemic outbreak becomes yet another increasingly difficult challenge to contend with.
Self-isolation and social distancing, for many of us, are rightfully intimidating and scary concepts to come to terms with. Many of us are separated from our loved ones, from the safety of our daily routines and are facing a new instability that threatens our futures. For many of us, self-isolation and social distancing are foreign and unfamiliar concepts. For many of us, though, they are at very least an option. Self-isolation and social distancing are not always possible in refugee camps. Thousands of individuals live together in small areas and share access to basic facilities that they depend upon to survive. Shortages due to the pandemic mean food and basic necessities are becoming increasingly sparse. The lack of resources available to these communities impede on their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones. The conditions of many of these camps make it very difficult even to maintain the advised hygiene routines necessary to prevent the spread of the virus, such as a lack of access to soap and clean water to wash their hands regularly. The impact of an outbreak in these communities threatens to be catastrophic.
What can we do to help? I would really encourage anyone reading this to do some research of your own into the possible ways in which we can make a difference and help to support these communities. There are some excellent charities, articles and reports out there that are really easy to access and are very informative. It is really important that we try our best in this incredibly challenging time to be considerate, to raise awareness for those we know to be most at risk and to bring light where we can to cast out the shadow’s corona virus leaves in its wake.
In the words of Help Refugees Charity-
“Coronavirus knows no borders. Neither does Love.”