COVID-19 and Quakers
The BlackQuaker Project recognizes the importance of empathy and understanding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some resources to help you connect with other Quakers and begin to understand the many different contexts Quakers of Color around the globe are living in right now. We will continue to update these resources. Last updated June 29th, 2020.
Updates from Friends United Meeting- https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org
Friends Journal- https://www.friendsjournal.org
Quaker Speaks- https://www.youtube.com/user/Quakerspeak
FWCC-Americas Section Covid-19 Resources- https://fwccamericas.org/_wp/covid-19-resources/
FWCC-EMES Section updates- https://www.fwccemes.org/news/
FWCC-AWPS Section, press “Find Out More” at bottom of page- http://fwccawps.org
FWCC-Africa Section has not been active in posting COVID-19 resources- https://www.fwccafrica.org
FWCC World Office 3/30/20 statement- http://fwcc.world/uncategorized/continuing-but-changing-work-during-covid-19-outbreak
Current Contexts of Global Quaker Communities
For daily updates on Africa from the African CDC click here.
Updates on Kenya
For daily updates on Kenya click here.
Sep 18 - Why is Kenya’s death rate so low? Read/listen here.
Coronavirus and police brutality are intermixing in Kenya’s second largest slum, Mathare.
Read the Monday June 29th update from the US Embassy in Kenya here.
Watch a video about how the locusts are affecting pastoralist communities and creating potential for conflict here.
Updates on Burundi
June 24 - Read about endangered health workers and prisoners in Burundi here.
Read about President Nkurunziza’s death here.
Read HRW’s report on the grave situation of the virus in Burundi here.
Updates on Rwanda
July 15 - Read about how Rwanda is using many tactics, including previous HIV infrastructure, to keep COVID-19 cases low here.
Read about economic relief funding in Rwanda here.
Read updates on Rwanda and other parts of East Africa from BBC News here.
Updates on South Africa
Sep 19 - Read about how the initial shock of COVID-19 resulted in surprisingly low deaths here.
Read updates from the South African government on COVID-19 here.
Read about COVID-19 and racial tensions in South Africa here.
Learn about South Africa’s 8 stage response here.
South Africa started a trial for a vaccine developed at Oxford, watch here.
Updates on Cuba
Sep 30 - Read about the lifting of partial lockdown regulations in Havana here.
Cuba has declared the virus under control as of June 9th, watch how they did it here
Updates on Bolivia
As Bolivia struggles through political turmoil and record deaths from the coronavirus, the promotion of a toxic “cure” by politicians is exacerbating tensions. Read about it. in the NYTimes (Aug 22), Washington Post (July 17), and Polygraph (Aug 11)
Find daily updates on Jamaica here.
Sep 3 - Jamaica is managing a spike in COVID-19 cases that could be detrimental to the economy, read about it here.
Updates on the Canada
Sep 29- Canada is experiencing a spike in cases as small gatherings flout precautions and school re-open, read about it here.
Get daily updates about Canada here.
Updates on the United States
The US is beginning its fourth large-scale vaccine testing, read about it here.
Read about racial inequalities in COVID-19 deaths and the collapse of the social safety net due to structural racism here.
Updates on Palestine/Israel
Sep 1 - Some restrictions are limiting access to healthcare for those in Gaza, but there is hope for increased access. Read about it here.
Updates on India
Oct 13 - As COVID forces families into poverty, child labor is rising quickly. Read about it here.
Updates on Taiwan
Sep 22 - Taiwan handled the virus well, and drew off of their 2003 experience with SARS to control the pandemic. Read about their effective response here.
Updates on Hong Kong
Sep 15 - Testing in Hong Kong increases with a third wave of infections, read about it here.
Follow three recent graduates living in Hong Kong, and how the virus is affecting their futures by watching this video.