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.
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
Read about President Nkurunziza’s death here.
Read HRW’s report on the grave situation of the virus in Burundi here.
Updates on Rwanda
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
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
Cuba has declared the virus under control as of June 9th, watch how they did it here
Updates on Bolivia
Read updates on voting in Bolivia here.
After Bolivia opened up they experienced a resurgence in cases, as this video from June 12th describes. For an english translation, in the bottom right corner of the video click “Settings”, “Subtitles”, “Auto-translate”, and then choose “English”.
Find daily updates on Jamaica here.
Updates on the Canada
Get daily updates about Canada here.
Updates on the United States
Watch a video about the US resurgence and government’s reaction here.
Updates on Palestine/Israel
Read or listen to a story of unlikely friendships at Hotel Corona here.
Updates on India
Watch what’s happening as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in India here.
Updates on Taiwan
Watch a US report on how Taiwan was able control the virus here.
Updates on Hong Kong
Follow three recent graduates living in Hong Kong, and how the virus is affecting their futures by watching this video.