Today’s stories are focused on some groups that haven’t received much coverage of their needs, despite their disproportionate suffering from the present pandemic. These populatons include indigenous peoples, religious minorities, the disabled, and abuse survivors. As always, all stories are curated from the front pages available at newseum.org.
Monument Valley Utah, part of the Navajo nation. Image credit PDPhotos via Pixabay.com
Residents of the Navajo reservation rely on places like Gallup, New Mexico for many services. Particularly, they depend on the businesses of Gallup for cashing checks in order to buy necessities like food and water. Due to lockdowns and checkpoints, many of those suffering worst from this pandemic are experiencing greater suffering compounded by callous exclusion from basic services.
Israeli government sources have revealed that 70% of the COVID-19 patients admitted for medical treatment are of the ultra-orthodox Haredi sect. This statistic notably comes after a dictum in February by well-regarded Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky that Haredi yeshivas and synagogues should remain open. Despite beginning to follow social distancing guidelines - often with greater zeal than secular populations now - there remain skeptics of the secular government who are flouting the best-practices laid out by health officials.
Nine new victims have been claimed by domestic violence across Canada in the past 34 days, with three of the perpetrators also committing suicide afterwards. This tragic trend is consistent with other countries, including Singapore, Cyprus, and the US, who track data. However, experts warn that this news is not new, but merely an escalation of existing tensions that will persist for as long as the lockdowns are in place.
Tokyo Japan, photo by thepoorphotographer courtesy of Pixabay.com
Those suffering from disabilities are experiencing unique challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. This situation is particularly true of those needing assistance, as formerly-banal interactions now carry a new level of risk due the way COVID-19 spreads. Additionally, wheelchair users are expressing concerns that limits on grocery shopping may lead to malnutrition due to difficulty in transporting sufficient food in the limited trips the government recommends.
The Cheyenne River and Ogala Sioux tribes have set up checkpoints in their reservations, as part of an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Despite tribal sovereignty over reservation land, Gov. Noem has demanded the checkpoints be taken down. In response, the tribes have pointed out that only the Federal government could legally force their hand.
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